Lok Sabha to debate ‘rising intolerance’; Venkaiah Naidu says there is absolute tolerance in India

New Delhi: Gearing for a tough week ahead, the government is all set to brace up for a tough session in Parliament as the Opposition will raise the intolerance, GST and price rise issues.

After the PM’s meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government is expecting that it will be able to pass the GST with consensus and not just a majority.

The first two days of the session that began on November 26 were functional as parties did not want to be seen blocking a discussion on the Constitution on the occasion of Ambedkar’s anniversary.

With most opposition parties keen on aggressively raising the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said though the government does not agree with their perception of rising intolerance it was “willing to go along with the opposition in this regard for a discussion in an appropriate manner.”

(with agency inputs)

11:05 AM
We can only comment after discussion takes place in the Lok Sabha: Congress​ leader Mallikarjun Kharge on intolerance debate

11:03 AM
Discussions are on (on GST bill), we are discussing with all including Congress party. GST is a historical necessity, it’s a game changer. Certain issues have been raised. Government is ready to address them: Venkaiah Naidu

11:00 AM
“Our primary duty to express our opinion about growing intolerance, in Lok Sabha.We are just doing our duty as a constructive Opposition,” said Congress MP KC Venugopal, who gave notice in Parliament.

10:42 AM
Speaking to the news agency, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Nothing has gone wrong during Narendra Modi’s regime as PM, there is absolute tolerance in the country.”

“Different writers have different opinions, Things used to happen earlier also. During emergency, constitutional and fundamental rights were crippled, these people (writers) were silent then and violent now,” Naidu added.