LS Speaker seeks cooperation from parties for smooth Budget session

Kelley Robertson
January 29, 2018

The meeting was attended by Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, besides the Opposition leaders such as Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress) Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), D Raja (CPI), Kanimozhi (DMK), Derek O'Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay (TMC) and Tariq Anwar (NCP).

In the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, the speaker requested all political parties to cooperate for smooth conduct of the session.

He said, the Prime Minister also urged the members of Parliament to see whether the procedures of the meetings of Standing Committees can be replicated in State Assemblies as both the members from ruling parties and opposition have a healthy discussion on issues before them leaving aside their political leanings. Today government made a strong decision that they will ensure passage of talaq bill in the Budget session of the parliament.

To reinforce people's faith in the system that is seeing widening inequality gap and increasing farmers' protests amid the agrarian crisis, BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Sunday called for a movement by parliamentarians to forego remuneration for the remaining term of the Lok Sabha and create a statutory body to determine salaries and allowance of elected representatives. "Leaders of various parties have assured of their cooperation and smooth functioning of the House", she told reporters after the dinner meeting. He said, the government will persuade all the parties to pass the bill in the Rajya Sabha unanimously.

The first leg of the budget session will be between January 29 and February 9. PM spoke about how this budget session was important and that committees are there to discuss issues.

The NDA government will push the triple talaq bill in the budget session of Parliament starting on Monday but is likely to face a stiff challenge from the Opposition, which stalled the legislation in the Rajya Sabha in the winter session. "We are very hopeful that the bill which is going to negate "Talaq-e-Biddat" and pave the way for empowering Muslim women will be passed in the Rajya Sabha, too".

On January 29, President Ramnath Kovind will address the joint sitting of the two Houses while the Economic Survey will be tabled on the same day.

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