Venkaiah Naidu asks political parties to agree on common agenda

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering at ‘The Huddle 2019’ event, organised by The Hindu, in Bengaluru on February 10, 2019.

The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu has urged all political parties to agree on a common agenda on vital issues relating to the nation’s progress and security. For that to happen, every politician should rise above narrow and short-term rhetoric, he said.

Speaking on the topic, “India: Our Opportunities and Challenges” at ‘The Huddle 2019’ organized by The Hindu, in Bengaluru today, he said India is the fastest growing economy and poised to become the third leading major economy in the next 10-15 years.

He said opportunities were beckoning us and “we need to seize the moment”. Referring to challenges that were impeding  progress, he called upon all political parties to adopt politics of consensus on promoting inclusive growth; ending agrarian distress and making agriculture profitable; eradicating poverty and illiteracy; empowering the deprived and weaker sections; ending gender and caste discrimination, fighting the menace of corruption, bridging urban-rural divide and protecting the unity and integrity of India.

Unless these challenges are tackled on a war footing in a mission mode, the fruits of development will not reach every deserving section, he added. Saying that inclusive economic growth should be central to our development, Naidu said that making people living in rural areas an integral part in the developmental process should be the aim of the policy makers and planners.

Naidu also suggested to political parties, business bodies and media associations to evolve codes of conduct for effective functioning of Parliament and Legislatures, conducting ethical business and ensuring professional integrity of journalists.

Expressing his anguish over the decay in the functioning of Parliament and Legislatures, he said it was unfortunate that disruptions and disorder have become the order of the day.

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