Let's keep national interests above everything else: PM Modi urges opposition

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out to the opposition parties to ensure passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament while urging all to keep national interests above all issues. Hoping for a meaningful Monsoon Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Modi said the GST Bill is of national importance. "The issue is not which government gets the credit, important bills including GST need to be taken up in the Monsoon Session. All of us represent both the people and parties and let's keep national interests above everything else," he said. The Prime Minister also thanked all the political parties for speaking in one voice on the events in Kashmir. Earlier in the day, the Congress Party highlighted its concerns to the government with regard to the GST Bill during the all-party meeting and voiced to support the landmark legislation only after the ruling dispensation comes up with a concrete response on the same. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the government still has to revert to the grand old party with their response on the three issues outlined with regard to the GST. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on his part said that all political outfits have assured full cooperation to the government. He said the government has proposed 16 legislative business in the Monsoon Session. Speaking on the passage of the GST, Kumar said the Centre has spoken with all parties in this regard. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Parliamentary Affairs Minister earlier had a meeting with Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma during which they discussed all points to bring the grand old party on board on the GST Bill. The ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, inflation and foreign policy was also discussed in the meeting. The Monsoon Session of Parliament will have 20 working days and will conclude on the 12th of next month. A total of 25 bills, including the crucial GST Bill, are expected to come up for consideration and passage during the session. (ANI)