Govt hopes for smooth budget session despite 'Padmaavat', court row

Hope Triple Talaq Bill To Be A Law Soon Says President Kovind

Govt hopes for smooth budget session despite 'Padmaavat', court row

Following a recess after February 9, Parliament will meet again from March 5 to April 6.

Kovind also pitched for the Triple Talaq bill which is yet to be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

"I request all political parties to make Triple Talaq Bill pass in this Budget session of the Parliament", the Prime Minister said on Monday.

The government met leaders of political parties at a meeting in Parliament House on Sunday and sought their cooperation to ensure the success of the crucial session where the Union Budget will be presented.

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BJP MP Varun Gandhi has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to initiate a "movement" where rich MPs forgo their salaries for the remaining term of the present (16th) Lok Sabha.

A similar meeting has been convened by the government on Friday 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.

He said that system of parliamentary committees should discuss all aspects of the Budget and ensure that "rural India, farmers, Dalits, tribal communities and labourers" are benefitted from it.

She said the House would have eight sittings in the first part of the budget session starting tomorrow, during which 19 out of a total of 36 hours would be devoted on the discussion on the vote of thanks to the President's address and the Union Budget for 2018-19.

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This will be the first Budget in the post- GST (Goods and Services Tax) era and the last full budget from Jaitley before the general election in 2019.

"We will leave no stone unturned and persuade and request all political parties so that the Bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, as it has been in the Lok Sabha", he said when asked about the triple talaq Bill after the meeting.

The session is likely to see important bills, including one for the commission for backward classes and another on Triple Talaq.

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