Ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament scheduled to be held on Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said at an all-party meet that the government is ready to debate any issue including intolerance in the upcoming session. He also expressed his disapproval over actor Aamir Khan’s remarks on intolerance and said, “Unfortunately, knowingly or unknowingly he has hurt India, we are pained by his remarks.”
“PM Narendra Modi says at the all party meeting that GST legislation is in the interest of nation,” added Venkaiah Naidu. “PM says that Finance Minister will speak to all parties to address their doubt on GST legislation.”
Naidu appealed to all parties to leave memories of Monsoon Session behind and move forward. “Govt is aware of Opposition concerns like Dadri killing,” he said. “38 legislative items including seven new Bills for introduction will come up in Parliament in Winter session,” added Naidu.
Union Minister for Telecom Ravi Shankar Prasad also said, “We are ready for debate on everything in the Parliament, let there be debate not disruption.”
As for the GST bill, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday expressed the government’s willingness to discuss with the Congress-led opposition the possibility of making changes to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in a clear bid to break the stalemate on the proposed tax reform.
Winter session of Parliament beginning on Thursday is set to be stormy with Opposition parties closing ranks to target Government on issues including ‘intolerance’ even as the ruling dispensation, which is keen to pass the GST bill, expressed its readiness to discuss all issues.
The opposition attack is set to gain momentum from next Monday when the government brings its legislative agenda on the table after a two-day special sitting to discuss Constitution and its maker B R Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary. The government had called an all-party meeting today and 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.