President Pitches Hard for Modi's Pet Theme of Simultaneous Polls

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He said the Budget Session, which began January 28, was also crucial as the entire global community was very optimistic about the Indian economy, citing "positive opinion about the growth of India and the road ahead" by global credit rating agencies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Addressing a gathering at Sangareddy, the Lok Sabha MP said the bill in current form was impractical, since the bill had no monetary provision for the victims of triple talaq practice.

"Muslim women's honour was a victim of political upmanship". My government has tabled a Bill on triple talaq in Parliament.

Gandhi referred in his letter to a report of Association for Democratic Reform which claims that nearly one-fourth of current Lok Sabha MPs had declared assets of over Rs. 10 crore, and all MPs possessed average assets to the tune of Rs. 14.61 crore.

Modi said that the Budget Session is very important and the entire global community is very much optimistic about the Indian economy.

While the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, sailed through the Lok Sabha, it is pending in the Rajya Sabhja as several Opposition parties demanded that it be referred to a select committee. "It is for the House to decide", Kumar said. The General will be presented by the finance minister on February 1.

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President Ram Nath Kovind's pitch for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in his address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Monday - a subject repeatedly raised by PM Narendra Modi - rekindled speculation of the 2019 elections being brought forward to align with the assembly polls due in end-2018.

The President said the government was sensitive towards the aspirations of every section of the society and has introduced a Constitution amendment Bill to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Asked if the Bill would come up during the first part of the session, he replied in the affirmative, adding that it was listed in the business of the House.

An all-party meeting has also been convened by the government today to know about the views of top leaders on pertinent issues.

The session will conclude on April 6. It is the duty of the government to convene parliamentary sessions and to give enough time and space for debate on the burning issues of the day.

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