PM says Parliament should run constructively and fulfils people’s expectations: Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu
Appealing to the Opposition for cooperation on the eve of the winter session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a strong pitch for early passage of the GST, saying it will be in the interest of the nation.Modi, who made a brief appearance at the all-party meeting hosted by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, assured the Opposition leaders that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will talk to them to address their concerns, if any, on the key reform measure.”PM Narendra Modi has said that GST legislation is in the interest of nation,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after the all-party meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister also said that Finance Minister will speak to all parties to address their doubts on GST, adding, “Parliament should run constructively and fulfils people’s expectations,” said Naidu.Significantly, the JD(U) also backed the GST with party president Sharad Yadav announcing support of his party to the measure after the all-party meeting.CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, however, said that the Centre should hold talks with states on the issue of GST in view of the fact that they will lose all legislative power on tax matters once GST comes into force.He regretted that such talks have not been held despite repeated pleas for the same by the Left parties.Earlier in the day, stating that we need to leave memories of Monsoon session behind and move forward, Naidu said, “Government is aware of Opposition concerns like Dadri.”He also said that 38 legislative items including seven new Bills for introduction will come up in Parliament in Winter session.Meanwhile, Naqvi said that their interaction with other political parties about the upcoming Winter Session had been ‘positive’ so far.Also read: Government ready to discuss changes in GST bill with Congress: FM Arun Jaitley”There is nothing wrong for an opposition party to have different view on any issue, but the only thing is that it should be constructive. We should not do politics over the questions pertaining to the nation?s development, upliftment of the poor and other such things,” Naqvi said.In the Monsoon Session, Congress-led opposition had disrupted the Monsoon session of the Parliament over the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam.During nearly month-long session, around 30 bills, including GST and Real Estate regulation Bills, are slated to be taken up for consideration and passing.On Tuesday, speaking at the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India’s (ASSOCHAM) 95th Annual Event here, Finance Minsiter Arun Jaitley had said, “We are reaching out to people (Opposition) who are suggesting changes. We are willing to have discussions with them, and they too need to reconsider some changes they are suggesting”.
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