“The next half of the Parliament session is going to commence on April 25. Earlier there was some speculation that we have done away with the second part of the budget session and some people without knowing started criticising us also.
“Parliament was prorogued because of a situation where a peculiar Constitutional breakdown happened in Uttarakhand and we had to take care of the Appropriation Bill. So it was prorogued.
The session will again recommence on April 25 and then conclude by May 13,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said while interacting with journalists at Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC).
On the crucial GST bill that is pending in the Rajya Sabha, Naidu admitted that BJP did not have a majority in the House but expressed confidence of getting support from opposition, including the Congress on the passage of the crucial tax reform legislation.
“The GST is the need of the hour. Experts say 1.5 to 2 per cent of GDP is enhanced once you are able to pass the GST bill. I am confident, I am moving in that direction and I had a dialogue with the Finance Minister also.
“Almost all issues raised by opposition are being addressed and if anything remains, we will address them,” he said.
“Recently, I heard Congress vice president (Rahul Gandhi) saying somehwere that all other issues are addressed but one issue still remains on Constitutional cap of taxation. There is definitely some progress.”
“I am sure Congress also realises this because after all it is Congress proposition. The Constitutional cap was not even brought in when Pranab Mukherjee was finance minister and neither was it advocated by P Chidambaram.
“We are engaging with all parties, including the Congress. We will try to sort out this issue,” he said.