Govt. asks ‘intolerant’ Congress not to obstruct development

Hyderabad : Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called on the Congress to stop ‘blocking’ bills crucial to the nation’s development, adding that India was on the development path under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

“The priority this Parliament Session is the GST Bill and the Bankruptcy Bill among others. Hope that the Opposition joins hands with us in passing the progressive bills. Don’t see why anybody should oppose this bill except for political reasons,” Naidu told ANI here.

He hit out at the Congress for ‘making excuses’ and asked them to stop blocking bills as they obstructed with the growth of the country.

Naidu also refuted the Congress’ charges that the Centre was ignoring the grand old party when it came to taking a call over crucial bills.

“We never ignored anyone and we have spoken with Congress umpteen number of times. The Prime Minister is moving ahead and so is the Indian economy. The Congress is intolerant towards the mandate of the people which is for development and good governance. They should stop making lame excuses,” he added.

The Budget Session of the Parliament will begin on February 23.

While the first session will continue till March 16, the second session will take place from April 25 to May 13.

The government is keen to push its legislative agenda, thwarted in the last two sessions, while the Opposition is all geared up to target the ruling dispensation on a host of issues, including the suicide of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula and imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. (ANI)