PM Modi asks Opposition to shun politics over Talaq Bill

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With the commencement of the Budget Session on Monday, President Ram Nath Kovind expressed hope for the bill on triple talaq to get enacted.

The PM encouraged all political parties to prevent tokenism in different Standing Committees of the Parliament and play a more constructive role to give concrete solutions to issues of national importance brought before the Committees.

Modi made a fresh pitch for the early passage of the bill by "humbly requesting" political parties to pass it in the Budget session of Parliament which commenced yesterday. "Let the House decide", he added.

The President proceeded to enumerate the various policies and schemes introduced by the government and the strides made in the development of the nation.

At the all-party meeting held on Sunday to discuss the business that the government proposes for the session, opposition parties have expectedly hit out at the government for such a short first phase of the session, accusing it of running away from critical issues it wanted to raise.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sought the cooperation of various parties for the smooth functioning of the budget session of Parliament.

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The same was reiterated by Modi at a meeting of NDA leaders.

The women who moved to Supreme Court on the issue of Talaq joined BJP just after the bill is passed in Lok Sabha this shows that they are being exploited by the RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad to gain their political interest. The President said, to ensure that benefits of development reach all sections of society, the Central Government is actively pursuing the work of connecting all villages under the 'Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.

"With a sensitive approach towards providing housing with availability of water-electricity-toilet facility to all, my Government is targeting to provide a house to every poor and homeless household by the year 2022", he said. The ruling party, however, failed to convince the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where it is in minority. This is unfortunate. In a liberal democracy, discussions and debates on important issues of the day are key functions of a Parliament apart from discussion and debate for the objective of immediate legislation.

The session will conclude on April 6.

From the opposition side, Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge, Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav, Communist Party of India's (Marxist) D Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Kanimozhi, Derek O'Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay from the Trinamool Congress, and Tariq Anwar from the Nationalist Congress Party were present.