first_img(REOPENS DEL46)(REOPENS DEL46)”GST Bill will not be held up for long on political considerations and hopefully it will be passed soon,” Naqvi said as he also lauded what he called the governments “persistent outreach” to opposition and other parties is resulting in better functioning of Parliament.To a question on whether the BJP feels that it wont require Congress support to pass the GST in Rajya Sabha after June 11 elections for 57 seats in the Upper House, Naqvi said that there is no doubt that the number of seats of BJP and NDA will increase “but GST is a Constitutional bill. So support of all parties will have to be taken.”Major Bills passed during this Session included ?The Finance Bill and the Railways Appropriation Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, the Industries (Development and Regulation) Bill and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, passed by both the Houses and the Compensatory Afforestation Bill, passed by Lok Sabha.44 Bills are pending in Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing while it is 11 in case of Lok Sabha, Naqvi said.The Minister noted that over a dozen reform Bills were passed by the Parliament over the last two years. Naqvi further said that at the same time, 1,175 outdated and outlived Acts have been repealed over the last two years to avoid confusion.He said government has reached out to opposition and other parties through sustained coordination, communication and cooperation by Finance Minister and Leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu and the two Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs on various issues.advertisementAbout questions on curtailing the period of the session by two days for Lok Sabha, Naqvi said a number of leaders from opposition parties have requested the government to do in view of the last leg of campaigning in poll-bound Kerala and Tamil Nadu.Naqvi also targetted Congress over its demands in Parliament for an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Italian remarks against Sonia Gandhi saying “they will only get disappointment. They are making this demand as they are not able to digest the commitment of Modi to work for the country”.To a question about CAMPA bill, which was also stuck, Naqvi blamed it on “sudden negative behaviour” of a Congress MP.”There was sudden change in behaviour of a Congress MP. Congress MPs behaviour was negative. He was not ready for a discussion. The Congress member gave amendments to block it. Amendments also came from CPI-M,” he said. PTI AMR IKAlast_img read more