Congress links GST Bill to intolerance issue

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New Delhi : Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses newsmen outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after a march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday to protest against the alleged rise in intolerance. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore (PTI11_3_2015_000223B)

The Congress on Wednesday said the current environment in the country is not conducive for talks between the government and the Opposition.

A day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government was willing to talk to the Congress, including its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, to resolve the parliamentary deadlock over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, the Congress on Wednesday said the current environment in the country is not conducive for talks between the government and the Opposition.

“Parliamentary democracy cannot be reduced to just one Bill. The Prime Minister and his government are arrogant and exhibiting confrontationist mindset,” said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma.

The deputy leader of the Congress in Rajya Sabha also signalled that Parliament would function during the winter session only if the PM sheds the confrontationst mindset and makes a “real effort” to seek constructive engagement with the Opposition. Berating, ridiculing and intimidating the Opposition and its leaders on a daily basis cannot help in creating a conducive atmosphere, he added.

Sharma also accused the government of “heaping insults on all those who have been complaining of the incidents (of intolerance)”. “BJP leaders and their outfits are tearing apart the preamble of India’s Constitution in a planned manner and through orchestrated campaigns,” he said.

Congress links GST Bill to intolerance issue

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