India’s Test captain, Virat Kohli, is currently touring West Indies for a four-match series. Despite being thousands of miles away from home, the star batsman is making news in India. Kohli’s name was taken by TMC MP Derek O’ Brien during a Rajya Sabha debate over the GST bill. The much talked about bill finally was passed in Rajya Sabha and is seen as a major reform in India’s tax policy since independence.
However, Virat Kohli and GST bill are two subjects which have nothing in common. Derek, though, found a common factor between them. While addressing his argument in the Rajya Sabha, he said:
“Sir, I want to end with a little story. There was a boy of Class X at Xavier School in Delhi — a little known Delhi school compared to fancy Delhi schools — he was born at the time the GST concept was first introduced. He was in Class X in 2005. The boy, who was in Class X, is today winning us fame and great victories in West Indies. His name is Virat Kohli.”
He further added, “There are millions of young Virat Kohlis across the country who are looking at us today. For their sake and for the sake of India tomorrow, we need to deliberate, we need to debate, we need to legislate and we need to implement the GST Bill. The faster we do it, the better it would be.”
No wonder the bill was passed by flying colors instantly.