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Congress should allow Parliament to function, say Venkaiah Naidu


The government has got positive signals from the opposition regarding passage of some important Bills in the 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," he said.

"(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," Naidu told reporters at a press conference. The minister said, "We hope that the 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 the Congress, is that these bills are your bills (proposed during the Congress regime). 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. 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 Saturday 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 a 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.

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