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Budget Session begins: Watch out for Economic Survey, Triple Talaq Bill


Sumitra Mahajan has also called a meeting of House leaders of all political parties on Sunday, on the eve of Budget Session.

A similar meeting has been convened by the government on Sunday during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top opposition leaders are expected to express their mind on pertinent issues, which they would like to be taken up in the session.

Briefing media after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, the Prime Minister also said that the budget session was important and the government paid much attention to the suggestions emerging from the all party meeting.

The government hopes that the bill to end the practice of instant triple talaq would get similar support from the opposition as the Constitution amendment bill to allow the goods and services tax (GST) did previous year.

Speaking on Budget 2018 that will be presented on February 1, Modi said that it will strengthen the economy of India.




He said that the law to ban instant triple talaq will soon become a law and the Muslim women can live a life free of fear and dignity.

Asked if the bill would come up during the first part of the session, he replied in the affirmative, adding that it was listed in the business of the House.

President Kovind exuded confidence that the government will be able to provide a house to every poor and homeless household by the year 2022. Opposition parties are likely to hold a strategy meeting in New Delhi on Monday for discussions on the upcoming session. Saying that it would discuss the Opposition's issues with the bill, the government requested their cooperation in passing the bill during the session.

RJD leader Jaiprakash Narain Yadav said the opposition wanted the government to speak in Parliament on issues of public importance such as communal and gender violence. "Number of "full" working days in first phase of Budget Session Feb 5, 6, 7, 8".

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