PM appeals to Opposition for cooperation for passage of GST

New Delhi (PTI): Appealing to the Opposition for cooperation on the eve of the winter session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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.

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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the all party meeting that Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation is in the interest of nation and the Finance Minister will speak to parties concerned to address their doubts on it,” Naidu said after the meeting.

Modi also said Parliament should run meaningfuly with the cooperation of all so as to fulfil the expectations of the people.

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.

The Prime Minister also said that Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who has held talks with leaders of various parties, may talk to them further on the issue of India’s stand on the resolution on the climate change issue and any one can given suggestions for two more days.

Amid indications of a tough session ahead, senior ministers had yesterday huddled to chalk out the strategy and work out floor coordination plans while parties like Congress, JD(U) and CPI-M made their intent clear, deciding to give notices for debate on the issue of intolerance and attacking Government on the key reform measure of GST.

NDA ministers had discussed legislative proposals to be brought before consideration of both the Houses of Parliament which include three Bills relating to replacement of Ordinances, GST Bill, Real Estate Regulation Bill etc.

The ministers also discussed recent incidents like Dadri killing, rationalist M M Kalburgi’s killing and some other ones based on which a campaign alleging rising intolerance is on.

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  1. Appealing to the Opposition for cooperation on the eve of the winter session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a strong pitch for early passage of the GST, saying it will be in the interest of the nation.

    THE CIVIL NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, THE FDI AGREEMENT, THE GST BILL, THE REAL ESTATE REGULATION BILL, THE LOK PAL BILL, ETC WERE SOUGHT TO BE BROUGHT BY THE CONGRESS DURING THEIR RULE. BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE MAJORITY IN THE RAJYA SABHA. BJP JOINED HANDS WITH ALL ANTI CONGRESS PARTIES, INCLUDING THE LEFT PARTIES, AND OPPOSED THEM TOOTH AND NAIL. THEY WERE ALL REQUIRED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDIA AND TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION.

    BUT RSS OPPOSED IT ONLY TO DAMAGE CONGRESS, THEREBY DAMAGING THE GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY.

    UNLESS THE BJP AND MODI “UNEQUIVOCALLY APOLOGIZE TO THE CONGRESS BY MEANS OF A STATEMENT IN THE PARLIAMENT”, THE CONGRESS SHOULD NOT SUPPORT THEM. IF THEY APOLOGIZE, THEN AND THEN ALONE, THE CONGRESS MUST SUPPORT.

    THAT FERVENCY, WHICH THE RSS AND MODI DID NOT HAVE DURING THE CONGRESS RULE, (AND WANTED TO DAMAGE THE CONGRESS), CAN NOT BE INVOKED BY MODI NOW, WITH OUT SAYING “SORRY”. IF HIS FERVENCY FOR THE COUNTRY IS GENUINE, WHY SHOULD HE STAND ON RSS PRESTIGE AND BE UNAPOLOGETIC?

    MODI SAY SORRY TO CONGRESS, IF YOUR CONCERN FOR THE COUNTRY IS GENUINE!

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