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Where are the pro-poor bills? Bring them to House: CPI(M)

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New Delhi: Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that the opposition parties were stalling “pro-poor” bills in Rajya Sabha, CPI(M) today demanded that these be brought to the House.

“PM speaking about pro-labour and pro-poor bills. Why so secretive? Where are they, please bring them to the House,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.

He also targeted the Prime Minister on his Dalit welfare comments, and questioned why the NDA government did not act on the Left party’s demand for enacting three laws for SC and STs during Parliament’s special sitting to commemorate B R Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary recently.

“In the last session on Dr Ambedkar we had asked govt to table 3 concrete legislations. Why did they not do that? No bills, only talk,” he said in another tweet.

During the special sitting of Parliament, CPI(M) had asked the government to clear Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill 2015, enact laws offering reservation in private sector jobs and to provide statutory status to SC/ST sub-plan.

Addressing a public meeting in Coimbatore earlier today, the Prime Minister attacked the opposition saying it was stalling key bills in Rajya Sabha “damaging” the country – an apparent reference to GST bill which is stuck in the Upper House.

Modi said the Lok Sabha has already scrapped 700 laws but they were pending in Rajya Sabha and held Congress responsible for the same, saying what the opposition party was doing was “against the poor”.

He added that the Lok Sabha had passed a bill to provide for higher bonus payment to poor labour but the opposition did not allow its passage in the Rajya Sabha.

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