Giving a farewell speech to 53 members of Parliament who are going to retire this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the Upper House that it would have been better, if the Goods and Service Tax (GST) bill were passed during their tenure.
“I wish the GST would have been passed during your tenure in Rajya Sabha. This GST will help states like UP and Bihar,” he said addressing the retiring MPs.
“You didn’t get the chance. But I’m sure all those of you who’ll come back will get this opportunity,” a hopeful Modi expressed his desire.
It is noted that among 53 retiring members 16 are from the main opposition party Congress which had a total of 65 members in the Upper House. This will apparently lessen the chances of opposition disrupting the sessions and voicing their concerns upon passing multiple bills including GST.
Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes for all retiring MPs, remembering their hearty cooperation with the parliamentary procedures.
The Rajya Sabha will be adjourned sine die after the farewell speeches of all 53 members.
I wish the GST would have been passed during your tenure in RS. This GST will help states like UP and Bihar: PM to retiring members of RS
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 13, 2016
Earlier the day, Modi had took to the Twitter to express his pain over the demise of Congress MP from Gujarat praveen Rashtrapal on Thursday. “Pained by the demise of Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Shri Praveen Rashtrapal. My thoughts are with his family in this hour of grief,” he tweeted.
“As a trade unionist & subsequently as a leader, Shri Rashtrapal remained sensitive to concerns & aspirations of the poor & marginalised,” Modi recalled.