PM seeks opposition help in passage of GST, other bills

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a fresh pitch for passage of GST and other legislations in the Rajya Sabha considering the “conducive atmosphere” that has been prevailing in Parliament this session with cooperation from the opposition.

Like in the Lok Sabha last week, he was both conciliatory and mocking towards the opposition, particularly Congress, during his hour long reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Upper House.

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Referring to some 300 amendments that have been tabled to the motion of thanks, Modi appealed to the parties to withdraw them and passed the motion unanimously to ensure dignity of the President’s office and in keeping with the high traditions of the House.

However, despite his appeal, the government suffered an embarrassment when the House adopted the Motion of Thanks to President’s Address with an amendment moved by Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad in a division in which 94 voted for the amendment and 61 against.

The amendment regretted that the address did not commit support to rights of all citizens to contest Panchayat elections in the backdrop of law in Rajasthan and Haryana where matriculation has been fixed as the criteria for contesting the polls.

During his speech, Modi invoked late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s words to say that Rajya Sabha is a chamber of ideas and there was need for coordination between it and the Lok Sabha because both of them are part of a structure.

“I hope we give importance to Pandit Nehru’s thinking and I hope all pending bills are passed in this session,” he said amid thumping of desks by the treasury benches.

The government has been having difficulties in getting through with its legislations, especially the crucial Goods and Services Tax bill, because of the lack of majority in the Upper House.

Adopting a conciliatory approach, the Prime Minister referred to the President’s address in which the President appealed to the members to ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament and not allow disruption.

“We have been running Parliament this session smoothly for this I would thank the opposition for carrying forward President’s message. The impact of the President’s message is a matter of pride for us,” he said.

Pointing to the smooth functioning of the Houses this session, Modi said the Lok Sabha sat till mid night yesterday and the Rajya Sabha had a late sitting a couple of days ago.

“Even after the late sittings, the members were enthusiastic and excited. Because, after a long time, they got an opportunity to express themselves in Parliament and to put through their views across.

“The Question Hour is a good opportunity for members to keep the government, ministers and the executive on a tight leash and ensure accountability which is greatest strength of democracy,” he said.

Modi said in the past session, out of 169 starred questions, only seven were taken up while 42 hours were wasted because of disruptions. In the session before that, only six questions were taken up and 72 hours were lost in disruptions.

“Now, ministers and officials are forced to make preparations for replying in Parliament. This is the strength of democracy. No words are enough to thank…,” he said.

The Prime Minister told the Congress that it was in power for long and that the NDA has got the opportunity now.

“Development in fits and starts is not enough. Such an approach will leave us far behind. We need to move from incremental to quantum jump,” he said.

The Prime Minister mocked the Congress for claiming ownership to the programmes of his dispensation.

4 Comments

  1. the congress thinks they are above everything after 65 years of loot and destruction of the country and they are untouchable but they got a big shock in 2014 now are scared of going to prison which will happen if the people of India stay strong…….. not aplicable for award wapsi & beef & JNUbrigade

  2. Dear readers,

    “Who was stalling economic progress all these years? Wasn’t it the BJP who was against computerisation during the Rajiv Gandhi’s time? Wasn’t it the same BJP which opposed reforms of Manmohan Singh during the Narasimha Rao government in the 1990s? Wasn’t it the same BJP which had called the Congress videshi and labelled itself swadeshi? And even in GST, wasn’t it the BJP which did not allow it to be passed all these years?… Now all of a sudden they have become pro-reforms…

    After the GST Bill was introduced in Parliament in March, 2011 by the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, it went to the standing committee on finance chaired by a senior BJP leader which gave its report two and half years later, after “undue” delay as Gujarat government and Modi were against it.

    “Everybody is opposed to the veto power of the Union Finance Minister. They asked for more time and said States’ autonomy and federalism will be destroyed (if we accept this bill). This is against the fiscal autonomy of the states. Majority of the states – BJP ruled states and others like UP, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and some others are also against it.

    Congress has sought a ceiling of 18 per cent, removal of additional one per cent tax and setting up of a judicial body and mechanism to address disputes between states and between state and the Centre.

    Why was the BJP opposing bills like FDI, GST, nuclear deal, etc. while being in opposition? Being in opposition interest of country is not important?

    PM Modi should tender unconditional apology to the nation for opposing every bill which opposed.

    Nation is slipping into the chauvinism,intolerance is recorded at all time high,why the PM Modi’s governement is not interested to pass the ‘Communal Violence Bill’?

    Jai Hind

  3. Modi is very mild on congress’s politics.When in power congress supported anti nationals like Ashraf Jehan, involved in herald encroachment, Supported Vadra’s illegal deal, thousands of lacks crore losses to the exchequers through various scams and so on. Now in opposition to cover up their misdeeds they started raising various issues like Intolerance, Freedom of expression to the extent of raising anti national slogans, award wapsi through congress beneficiaries,political vendetta and so on.

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