Govt to Get BJP’s Backing on Right to Food, Women’s Bill: Jaitley

The main opposition BJP has said that it is all for support to the government on issues of national interest as right to food for the poor, high economic growth, internal security and the Women’s Reservation Bill.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, said: “On the issues that are in the national interest, BJP will strongly (stand) behind the government in the first 100 days.”

Jaitley, while participating in the debate on the motion of Thanks to the President’s Address to Parliament, said that high economic growth, low inflation, and the right to food security are the areas on which the government would receive support from the BJP.

The BJP, which received defeat at the hustings, said that the ‘zero tolerance’ phrase was coined by it and that the government would get its support on the issue of security. The BJP was also for one-rank-one pension for the armed forces, Jaitley said.

He said that if the Opposition supported the government on Women’s Reservation Bill, the “credibility of Indian polity” would be enhanced.

However, the newly-elected Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said that there would be several areas where his party would “fiercely” oppose the government. In certain areas, it would “caution the government”.

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