first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that a sustained focus on eastern part of India as a region and agriculture as a sector can deliver double-digit growth in India.Watch full session video : Speaking at the two-day India Today Conclave 2016 that began in New Delhi today, Jaitley said, “I have been saying that agriculture has the most potential. If we add the eastern part of India geographically, I think India can move towards a double-digit economy.”The Budget that Jaitley presented last month has been dubbed a ‘dhoti-kurta’ Budget – a counter to the opposition Congress jibe of Narendra Modi government being a ‘suit-boot ki sarkaar’ – with its focus on agriculature and rural development.On the contentious Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, Jaitley said he has personally talked to all the Congress chief ministers who support the passing of the legislation.”During the voting on the bill, only Congress walked out. All other parties were in the house. I would still like the Congress party to come on board,” Jaitley said, claiming that the number in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is in a minority, are also in favour of the government.The Congress has been blocking the passage of the GST Bill and has demanded a cap on taxes and removal of additional one per cent levy for producing states.India Today Conclave 2016, a two-day affair, begins today with a star-studded line up of speakers from all walks of life. The event will play host to a galaxy of young and vibrant personalities from across the globe.advertisementFrom successful entrepreneurs to filmmakers to lawyers to sports personalities, the 15th edition will bring together icons from every field of life who will discuss their vision for the future of India.The two-day event will include various sessions on the current political and social scenarios that India faces. Top political leaders like Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman will discuss the state of the country’s economy and politics.Also Read India Today Conclave 2016: Arun Jaitley to answer if India can deliver double-digit growthlast_img read more