LS Speaker seeks cooperation from parties for smooth Budget session

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BJP MP Varun Gandhi has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to initiate a "campaign" to encourage economically advantaged Lok Sabha members to forego their remunerations for the remaining term of the Lower House.

Addressing the political parties' floor leaders of Parliament at the all-party meeting called ahead of the Budget Session, Prime Minister encouraged all political parties to prevent tokenism in different Standing Committees of the Parliament and asked all to play a more constructive role to give concrete solutions to issues of national importance brought before the Committees. "Today, everyone said they will cooperate, so I hope the Budget session goes on smoothly".

The government had failed to get the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 also known as the Triple Talaq Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session that concluded on January 5. "We will approach various parties to evolve a consensus for its passage", he said.

"Let the House decide", Kumar said.

On January 29, President Ramnath Kovind will address the joint sitting of the two Houses while the Economic Survey will be tabled on the same day.

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However, the opposition was perhaps not totally convinced with the government's claims.

Opposition parties are planning to corner the government on the issues of unemployment, price rise, rural distress and atrocities on Dalits. The opposition is also planning to hold a meeting later on Monday to finalise their strategy in Parliament.

"We want to raise these issues as they are important".

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

The Opposition was represented by 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.

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