LS Speaker seeks cooperation from parties for smooth Budget session

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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will announce the budget in the Parliament on Feb 1. The first part will go on till February 9 and Parliament will reassemble from March 5 to continue up to April 6.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill seeking imprisonment for Muslim men convicted of practising instant triple talaq, but a united opposition had stalled it in the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks a majority.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed hope for an early Parliamentary approval of the triple talaq bill, saying there should be no politics on this important issue that will help Muslim women live a life "free of fear and dignity".

At an all-party meeting called in Parliament House, the government sought the cooperation of all political parties in making the session a success.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Parliament for the Budget session and in his press meet, he urged all parties to have active participation for Budget session.

The government on Sunday made it clear that it will leave "no stone unturned" to ensure the passage of the contentious triple talaq Bill in the Budget session of Parliament, which begins on Monday.

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

Opposition parties are planning to corner the government on the issues of unemployment, price rise, rural distress and atrocities on Dalits.

He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will leave no stone unturned in talking to and convincing the political parties on the issue.

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.

The triple talaq bill which was passed in the Lok Sabha was stalled in the Rajya Sabha by a united opposition.