Required number of states ratify GST Bill
Taking the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation process a step closer to completion, the Odisha State Assembly ratified the 122nd Constitutional Amendment Bill (the 122nd CAB) and fulfilled the 50% state ratification mark which was required to enact the amendment in the Constitution.
The 122nd CAB (which proposes to amend the Constitution to support GST) was cleared by both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha in August. Now, after having achieved the ratification of not less than 50% of the legislatures of states, it only awaits the assent of the President of India before coming into effect.
The process of ratification of the 122nd CAB in state assemblies started with the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Assam on 12 August 2016, followed by Bihar (a non-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ruled state). Over the course of 22 days, 12 NDA-ruled states, 2 Congress-ruled states and 2 states led by other political parties along with Delhi (led by the Aam Aadmi Party) ratified the 122nd CAB, showcasing the acceptance of the Bill by all political parties in India.
The following states and union territories ratified the 122nd CAB in their state assemblies by 2 September 2016: