Arun Jaitley shrugs off Congress threat to disrupt upcoming monsoon session of Parliament

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 2: Brushing aside concerns of Parliament’s upcoming monsoon session being disrupted over the Lalit Modi controversy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said some people may be relevant to TV channels but not to governance.

The Finance Minister said the Bills to amend the Land Acquisition Act and bring in a uniform pan-India Goods and Services Tax (GST) are very crucial for development and hoped no political party takes anti-growth and anti-development position.

The Finance Minister was replying to a question on the possibility of the monsoon session of Parliament getting washed out over Congress’ demand for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over alleged links with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

Jaitley told reporters: “Some people may be of relevance to television channels, (but) they have no relevance to governance as far as the Government of India is concerned.”

He, however, evaded a direct response to the controversy in which Lalit Modi has been dragging various politicians, including him.

The Finance Minister was hopeful that no political party will take anti-growth and anti-development stand to block the crucial Bills, which he termed as “extremely necessary”.

He added: “There is a lot of importance of these Bills to the country’s economy… the government is hopeful that no political party will adopt a negative approach on the issue of development of the country.”

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said that Arun Jaitley must explain why the BJP had opposed the Goods and Service Tax Bill during the UPA regime.

Digvijay Singh said: “Arun Jaitley is a lawyer: he is used to seeing the same problem from different angles. When he was the leader of opposition, he used to say that obstructionism is a parliamentary practice. Today he says the Congress should not do so. He should explain why he opposed the GST Bill when the UPA was in power.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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