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Speaker hopes budget session will be smooth

29 January 2018, 09:05 | Katrina Lee

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Economic Survey to Parliament soon after the conclusion of the President's address. DH File

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Economic Survey to Parliament soon after the conclusion of the President's address. DH File

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan arrive at the Parliament.

The government met leaders of political parties at a meeting in Parliament House today and also sought their cooperation in ensuring the success of the crucial session during which the Union Budget would be presented.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will table the Union Budget 2018 on February 1.

PM Narendra Modi with key Union ministers and opposition leaders at an all-party meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.

"We should make use of our system of parliamentary committees and discuss aspects of the Budget".

One of the primary contention of most opposition parties when the Bill was tabled during the winter session was the criminalisation provision.

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Both bills carry political significance for the BJP which is a strong votary of the abolition of instant triple talaq among Muslims, a practice declared void by the Supreme Court previous year.

Facing flak from the Opposition on issues such as job creation and the plight of traders, the government is planning to push for several key bills including banning instant triple talaq, and granting constitutional status to the Commission on Other Backward Castes during the Parliament session.

President Kovind said that the Government is keen on reducing economic disparity.

The opposition, however, said it planned to counter the government on issues such as incidents of rape and other atrocities on women, alleged attacks on the Constitution and constitutional institutions and the plight of traders, besides the recent incident of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh.

"Effectively there are just four working days in this session and there are so many issues - there is a crisis in the judiciary, the implementation of the GST, farmers' distress and so on - where is the time to discuss all of it", Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told The Hindu.

RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav said that they raised the issue of unemployment and oppression of the Dalits. The first part will go on till February 9 and Parliament will reassemble from March 5 to continue up to April 6.



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