Finances Session from Monday, Centre to push triple talaq invoice

"We will leave no stone unturned in talking to and convincing all the political parties to ensure that the triple talaq bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha. The way they have passed GST unanimously, we request them to pass this too unanimously", said Kumar.

The Finance Minister will present the Union Budget 2018 for the fiscal year 2018-19 on February 1.

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.

Besides the triple talaq legislation, which criminalises instant talaq by Muslim men, the government is also likely to make a pitch for the passage of the OBC bill, which seeks to give a constitutional status to the OBC commission.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday while addressing the join session of Parliament asked MPs to support the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill - popularly known as the Triple Talaq bill.

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On the forthcoming session, he said, "We feel the budget session will be very successful and fruitful".

He said the policies of the NDA government were guided by the principle that political democracy could not survive without "social and economic democracy".

"These issues are important". The Congress has raised the issue of a recent spate of rapes in Haryana and plans to raise it in Parliament.

The session is likely to conclude on April 6, with 31 sittings spread over 68 days.

The opposition was represented at the meeting by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), D Raja (CPI), Kanimozhi (DMK), Derek O'Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay (TMC), Tariq Anwar (NCP) and Dushyant Chautala (INLD). After a recess of almost a month, the session will resume from 5th March and will go on till 6th April.

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