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GST Bill: Venkaiah Naidu appeals parties to unite for nation building

PTI 08 Jan 2016, 21:57:09 IST

Hyderabad: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today hoped that the long-pending GST bill will be passed in Parliament at the earliest, and called on political parties to unite for building prosperous and stable India.

"I request all of you including political parties to unite to unleash the force of growth and make prosperous and stable India.

"I met the Congress President yesterday to seek support of Congress for the GST Bill, for the Real Estate Bill. We may be different political parties in elections and politics...When it comes to the question of nation building we are one party that is developmental party," he said addressing the All India Builders Convention here.

He also said his meeting with Sonia Gandhi is not a politically-motivated meeting but for the development of the country.

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"Yesterday, I called on Sonia Gandhi because it is not a political issue. Politics of poverty has to be replaced by politics of development. Because need of the hour is development and good governance," the Parliamentary Affairs Minister added.

Referring to experts' opinion, Naidu said passage of the GST Bill may increase the GDP growth by 1.5 to 2 per cent.

"Experts say the passage of GST Bill will enhance GDP by 1.5 to 2 per cent. In that case I only hope that we join together to see that enough public opinion is created and GST Bill is also passed at the earliest opportunity."

He assured the Builders Association that he would take delegation of its representatives to the Prime Minister for voicing the industry's concerns.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said builders and contractors also play vital role in nation building.