GST: the dubious calculus of political gain
Parliamentary logjam may be the first step toward renewed policy paralysis
The acrimonious debate over the goods and services tax (GST) is a good example of where the priorities of India’s political parties lie. The Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha on Wednesday when the Constitutional amendment Bill required to create GST was introduced. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government mustered sufficient strength to get the Bill through the Lok Sabha but it is likely to confront headwinds in the Rajya Sabha.