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Positive signals from Oppn for passage of Bills: Naidu

The government has got positive signals from the opposition regarding passage of some important Bills in Rajya Sabha during the ongoing session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

"I think from Monday onwards Parliament will run (properly). As far as Lok Sabha is concerned, it is going on well. Rajya Sabha (proceedings) will also go on,” Naidu told reporters here at a press conference. "(We have) got some indications (from the opposition parties). Congress also said they will extend support for passage of some Bills. We got positive signals (from the opposition). We are also keen to pass them,” he said. 

The Minister said, “We hope that GST Bill and Real Estate Bill and other Bills, if they support, will benefit the nation. If you have any objections with regard to Bills, please discuss in the Parliament. But don't stall the proceedings.” 

Naidu appealed to the main opposition Congress party to cooperate in passing of the important Bills.

“Our appeal to the opposition, mainly to Congress, is that these bills are your bills (proposed during your regime) only. Please support these bills. We can do a lot in the remaining three days (of Parliament session),” he said.

The Minister said as many as 18 Bills are pending for clearance in Rajya Sabha as on Sunday. Hitting out at Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vie-president Rahul Gandhi, Naidu said their party is playing "politics of vendetta".

Ridiculing the agitation programmes undertaken by Congress party workers on Sarturday in support of their leaders who appeared before a court in Delhi in connection with the National Herald case, the minister said the leaders should set examples and standards in public life with their acts.
“If somebody is celebrating sense of victory against us, it is an awkward victory,” he said referring to the celebration made after Sonia and Rahul got bail from court in connection with the National Herald case.

Referring to the allegations of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Naidu said the allegations are highly motivated to divert people’s attention from the “serious cases” against AAP government.

Meanwhile, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced his party’s support to the GST Bill, saying that he is optimistic about implementation of the Posco project as well as an investment of Rs 1.73 lakh crore during the next three years in the state. “My party (BJD) supports the GST Bill as it is good for the state and also for the country,” Patnaik said while speaking at a round table discussion on “The ease of doing business in Odisha.” 

BJD has 20 members in the Lok Sabha and seven MPs in Rajya Sabha. 

Replying to a question on Posco, which has reportedly put its Odisha project on hold, Patnaik said, “Posco has proposed to be the largest FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the country. I am hopeful of its coming up here.” Patnaik said the state government has taken up the matter related to the Posco project with the Prime Minister and has been trying to convene a meeting at the Central Government-level to sort out the issues.

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