Shadow of polls may overshadow political consensus in GST Council meetings

Efforts at forming a ‘federal front’ in the political firmament may have remained stillborn. But such a front, comprising a ginger group of state finance ministers, has taken shape in the GST (goods and services tax) Council, and is increasingly prepared to demand voting if the Centre were to push for passing any thorny tax proposal in the forthcoming meetings of the Council. A spirit of consensus has characterised the 27 meetings of the GST Council. Its 28th meeting is scheduled for July 21. Finance ministers of state governments run by the Congress, the Left and regional pa.....

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