Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have called the current Budget Session of Parliament, a “winner” for the government as it was able to pass several bills including some key GST legislations.
Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meet a day before the session ends, he referred to the party’s victory in the recent state assembly elections and credited his government’s “delivery” on its pro-poor schemes for people’s trust in it.
The Prime Minister said a “positive” public mood in favour of the Centre’s ruling dispensation pervaded the country. But at the same time, he called for a greater push for the reform and development agenda as his government completes three years in power at the Centre.
“This is a golden opportunity for us to lift the lives of the poor, the deprived… This is the time for doing more development and reforms,” he said.
PM Modi is also said to have told the MPs that the promise of ‘garibi hatao’ (a slogan coined by Indira Gandhi) remained a catchphrase till his government assumed office and began acting on it.
The BJP MPs were also informed about the month-long programme to celebrate the government’s third anniversary from May 24.
Briefing reporters following the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Modi called the Budget Session “very constructive” with the Lok Sabha passing 21 bills and the Rajya Sabha 14. These include the crucial GST bills and also the politically important OBC bill.
Referring to the massive win for BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the Prime Minister said it reflected how people’s hope in his government has turned into confidence.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who also addressed the meeting, outlined the one-month third anniversary programme, Kumar said.
(With inputs from PTI)