Budget Session: PM Modi pitches for Triple Talaq Bill

At the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Budget Session was "very important" and that the government takes suggestions given by all political parties "very seriously".

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 past year.

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

PM Modi outside Parliament ahead of the Budget Session.

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Kumar said the prime minister told leaders of various parties to make the system of committees a role model of participative democracy that could be adopted by state legislatures across the country. "But we could not pass the bill in the last session, despite Supreme Court's order", he added.

"The matter is before Rajya Sabha".

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Meanwhile, the Opposition is planning to raise concerns on rising incidents of rape, the alleged "attack" on constitutional institutions apart from the plight of traders. 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's Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav said that they raised the issue of unemployment and oppression of the Dalits. Parliament will be adjourned for recess on February 9 to reassemble on March 5. The shift is to pass the budget before start of the new financial year on April 1 to allow expenditure by the ministries from very first day of the fiscal.

Opposition leaders are meeting on Monday to plan their joint strategy for the Budget session.

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