PM Modi reaches out to Oppn, looks forward to constructive Monsoon Session

| Updated: Jul 18, 2016 16:42 IST

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked all political parties to work cohesively and put forth their arguments in a constructive manner. "In order to spur development and to take the nation forward, the discussions should be of constructive nature so that the nation develops at a rapid pace. For this, everyone should work together in the Parliament to guide the nation," he told the media outside the Parliament here. Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence over the consensus built across all parties and hoped that everyone would take the apt decision to ensure that India develops at a rapid pace. "As per the talks held with various political parties, I am confident that everyone is in consensus and would take the right decision to ensure that the nation moves ahead on the development path," he added. Stating that the nation is set to celebrate its 70th Independence Day this year, the Prime Minister asked all parties to work unitedly keeping the same in mind. The Monsoon session of Parliament began earlier in the day. A total of 25 bills, including the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, are expected to come up for consideration and passage during the session. The session will have 20 working days and will conclude on the 12th of next month. The government yesterday called an all-party meeting at the Parliament House to seek the support of Opposition parties in the passage of pending legislations during the session. During the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the political parties to keep national interests above any other consideration. He sought their support in the passage of the GST Bill, saying it was of national importance. He said it is immaterial which government takes credit for rolling out the GST. The Prime Minister said all political parties are representative of the people and, therefore, national issues should be kept above everything else. (ANI)