Keep national interests above everything else, PM Modi says at all-party meeting

NEW DELHI : The government called an all-party meeting on Sunday to seek the support of opposition parties in the passage of pending legislations during the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning Monday. A total of 25 bills including crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill are expected to come up for passing and consideration during the session.

After the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, “We had a very fruitful discussion. All parties assured full cooperation. Congress assured they will support bills on the basis of merit. We have proposed 16 legislative business. All parties are holding discussions regarding GST bill, we want consensus to be developed on that.”

PM Modi thanked all the political parties for speaking with one voice on the Kashmir issue. At the meeting, Modi also said, “Important bills including GST are to be taken up in monsoon session. I hope for meaningful discussions and outcomes. All of us represent both the people and parties. Let’s keep national interests above everything else.”

Regarding the GST bill, the PM said, “GST is of national importance, the issue isn’t about which government gets credit.”

Left leader Sitaram Yechury, however, said, “As far as the GST bill is concerned, it’s not a matter to be settled bilaterally between BJP and Cong. We have been requesting the Govt since two years to call an all-party meet to discuss GST bill and listen to our concerns to form consensus.”

“Majority of states in favour of GST bill. No political party has taken an open stand against it. I’m sure it will be passed,” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, adding, ” The GST bill should be passed by consensus than majority. If it’s approved by consensus, it will be good for the nation.”

Punjab’s Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said that when the Congress was in power, they had been pushing for GST.

“Now there is unanimity among every state and majority of opposition parties. I am shocked that they (Congress) are still keeping in view the differences with and trying to stop the bill,” Badal said.

With ANI inputs.

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