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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly will have a special session today to ratify the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

The session would begin with chief minister Naveen Patnaik moving a resolution for a discussion on the Bill in which all members would participate.

The Bill, which has been passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, has to get the consent of at least 50 percent of the states for implementation since it is a constitutional amendment bill.

Since the Bill was tabled in the Parliament by the BJP led NDA government and passed with the support of the BJD and the Congress, its ratification in the State Assembly will be a mere formality, say political analysts.

“As per rules, there should be discussion on GST Bill. All members will have their opinion on the Bill. After the resolution is passed in the House, the state government will inform the Parliament and the Centre,” leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra said.

BJP MLA Radharani Panda said the Centre has fixed the date for Special Budget session in the Parliament on September 1. The people would benefit after the ratification of the GST Bill.

“As we had supported the Bill in Lok Sabha, we will obviously support the Bill in the Assembly,” government chief whip Ananta Das said.

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