Free Press Journal

Cong hurting poor, weaker sections by stalling bills: Naqvi


Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

New Delhi: With a number of key bills stuck in Parliament, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said Congress is hurting the poor and weaker sections by blocking the legislations because of its “negative” and “destructive” politics which he termed as the “biggest intolerance”.

The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said while the government was trying to push development and undertaking programmes like ‘Start-up’, parties like Congress have been working with mentality of creating hurdles.

“The Congress thinks that anti-development politics is their birth right and the party has been setting an example of intolerance against the nation’s prosperity by blocking bills related to progress of the poor, weaker sections and youths through their negative politics and feudal mindset,” he said addressing an event on micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The destructive and obstructive approach of the Congress towards progress of the country’s poor, weaker sections and youths is the biggest intolerance,” added Naqvi who is also Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

His comments came at a time when the government is trying to persuade Congress to give up its opposition to Goods and Services Tax (GST), a key economic reform legislation which is stuck in Rajya Sabha delaying its roll out that was expected on April one this year.

“Such political parties have become hurdle in development of the nation and the poor by stalling crucial reform bills. If such political parties do not shun their negative approach, then the country will punish them for their sin,” Naqvi said.

He said the Modi government is of the view that nation’s development and welfare of villages, the poor and weaker sections should be above politics. Naqvi said the economy has “come back on track due to honest, transparent steps, filled with good governance and based on welfare of the poor people” of the BJP-led government.

“Our focus is on development of basic infrastructure. The NDA Government has spent Rs 1,28,168 crore in 2015-16 on development of roads, railways, power infrastructure which is 29.3 per cent more than the last year,” he said. Besides, Naqvi said the ‘Start up’ initiative will help in removing the conventional ‘License Raj’ by giving them freedom from the Government and convert the youths of the country from job seekers to job creators.