Will our politicians buy from Flipkart’s Sachin and lift India?

CEO of Flipkart comes in support of business rival Snapdeal, which is facing heat because of Aaamir Khan

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Prahlad Rao | November 25, 2015



Will our politicians learn from bitter rivals in business and put focus back on India?

During nearly month-long session of parliament starting tomorrow, around 30 bills, including GST and real estate regulation bills, are slated to be taken up for consideration and passing. Most of these bills are the legacy of past sessions, which did not transact much legislative business due to differences between the government and the opposition benches.

The political class can at least emulate e-commerce giant Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal and do  a favour to the nation. Sachin Bansal, has in the past used social media platform Twitter to slam Snapdeal, its rival player in e-commerce business. But today he came out in defence of the business rival.

"This is a flawed logic. Brands don't buy into brand ambassadors personal opinions. @snapdeal shouldn't face this," Bansal, the co-founder and CEO of Flipkart tweeted.

Indians enraged by Bollywood star Aamir Khan's recent controversial statements on rising intolerance in India vented their frustration on Snapdeal, for which the actor is a brand ambassador.

Internet users downvoted Snapdeal's app on the Google Play Store and commented that others uninstall the app as well because of its supposed connection with Aamir Khan.

So, when it came to being morally correct Sachin Bansal did not hesitate to express his opinion despite being a competitor in the business for the sake of overall business environment.

In the same manner, why cannot our legislators do some business from tomorrow.

Meanwhile, ahead of the winter session, the government on Wednesday said that it is ready to discuss any matter with the opposition, and appealed all parties to pass GST bill.

After all party meeting, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, "government appeals to all parties to pass GST bill in winter session of parliament."

Stating that we need to leave memories of monsoon session behind and move forward, Naidu added, "Government is aware of Opposition concerns like Dadri."

He also said that 38 legislative items including seven new bills for introduction will come up in parliament in winter session.

Earlier in the day, Naidu said, "We are ready to debate any issue including intolerance."

Congress-led opposition had disrupted the monsoon session of the parliament over the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam.

On Tuesday, finance minsiter Arun Jaitley had said, "we are reaching out to people (Opposition) who are suggesting changes. We are willing to have discussions with them, and they too need to reconsider some changes they are suggesting".

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