New Delhi: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday described the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Budget Session as ‘successful’ and said that the government would accommodate all the suggestions put forth by the opposition parties in the Parliament. Naidu said the leaders of various political parties, who attended the meeting, spoke from the bottom of their heart.
He said that all parties reached a consensus on the proper functioning of the Parliament. “With all sincerity, we should all say that the Parliament must function. The Congress has also endorsed it. Some people have raised the issue of JNU, to which the Finance Minister listed the slogans raised in JNU. Then, some people talked about how sedition charges can be made. With regard to this, the government’s stand was that an inquiry is on and let the inquiry be completed. Secondly, these slogans and posters are highly objectionable that has been made clear,” he said.
“As far as the issues of criticism, calling names is concerned; such things should be avoided by one and all. And I also as a Parliamentary Affairs Minister have said politely that usage of words like ‘Hitler’, ‘fascist’, ‘communal’ for the Prime Minister should be avoided,” he added.
Naidu also said that the government was ready to accommodate the views of the opposition parties. “The Prime Minister also said that the government is willing to walk an extra mile to accommodate the views of the opposition parties and take up discussion on each and every issue,” he said. Naidu is likely to hold one more all-party meeting on February 22 where he hopes to convince the Opposition parties on the need to push reforms such as the landmark GST Bill.