Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised his cabinet colleagues for their “remarkable effort” in pursuing the passage of constitutional amendment bill to roll out the goods and service tax (GST), against several odds, including “humiliation” while negotiation.
During an internal meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the prime minister said it was the “collective might” of senior ministers that helped the passage of the crucial economic reform legislation. “The enactment of GST is a historic event. It was the collective might of all senior cabinet ministers who were negotiating with different opposition parties which led to the passage of GST bill without a single negative vote in both the houses of Parliament,” a senior cabinet minister quoted PM Modi as saying, after the meeting. He did not want to be named himself.
The Prime Minister told the BJP leaders that there were many difficult moments in the course of negotiations. “In the process sometimes one has to face humiliations also...,” the cabinet minister quoted the Prime Minister. Modi said that now the bill has been passed by both houses of Parliament, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government should put all efforts to get GST implemented.
While praising the efforts of cabinet ministers involved in the negotiations, Modi singled out Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for pursuing the GST bill with different opposition parties for two years. “On this occasion I want to appreciate the efforts of M. Venkaiah Naidu. He has never touched the feet of anyone in his life... He has pursued the matter rigorously for the last two years, his interaction with various political parties and various leaders was remarkable...,” the cabinet minister quoted Modi.