Even as the economy revives, quick decision-making and out-of-the-box thinking, apart from a slew of reformist policies and programmes, have defined the Modi government.
Reacting to Singh’s letter, Naidu told The Indian Express, “It is not on my agenda. I am only concerned with development.”
The BJP minister’s remark came on a day when floor test was held in the Uttarakhand Assembly on the directive of the Supreme Court, which had lifted President’s rule in the hill state for few hours.
Naidu said the central government is very clear that there was a constitutional breakdown in Uttarakhand because the Appropriation Bill was not passed in the Assembly.
The GST Bill, which seeks to replace a slew of central and state levies with a uniform rate, was passed by Lok Sabha in May and is pending ratification by Rajya Sabha.
“Decentralisation does not mean from Centre to state alone, but it has to be a transition from state to local bodies as well. We will move in this direction in the future,” M Venkaiah Naidu said.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan wrote a letter to Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in December last year to construct new building of Parliament in place of the present Heritage Grade-I building, which “has shown signs of distress and over utilisation”.
“The earlier government tried to harass BJP leaders. They wanted to implicate the CM at that time and they’ve harassed my party president,”said M Venkaiah Naidu.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in the meeting that the economic growth of 7.4 per cent in the last quarter was a positive sign for the country and will help the government take development to the poor.
“There is some amount of intolerance in the society, in different areas. That has to be identified, it has to be localised, it has to be dealt with firmly,” said Naidu.
“Kharge ji, aao na, haat milaiye (Mr Kharge, come, let’s shake hands),” he said, as the PM turned and smiled at Kharge. When Kharge hesitated, Naidu repeated his request.
The minister refused to take a definitive position on the Congress’s suggestions on the GST Bill, saying such postures only created complications.
All parties should enable Parliament to pass reform measures… It (the Bihar result) shouldn’t be interpreted as a mandate to obstruct Parliament: M Venkaiah Naidu
Naidu said cleaning the entire country was like shaving beard — something that had to be done on a regular basis.
Naidu also hailed the RSS as a nationalistic organisation and said the BJP is in regular touch with it and other bodies such as the ABVP.