The Members of Parliament on Sunday attended the all-party meets called ahead of Budget Session, starting Monday. Of the two meetings scheduled today, the first one was called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. After the meeting, the government said that it will do everything to bring consensus on the issue of triple talaq.
In the evening, the national legislators reconvened at the Parliament Library building for the second all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The meeting will be followed by a dinner.
The Budget Session of Parliament will start on Monday, with President Ram Nath Kovind's address to a joint sitting of the two houses. This will be Kovind's first address to a joint sitting of Parliament since he took over as the President. The much-awaited economic survey will also be presented on the day 1 of the budget session.
The Budget will be tabled on February 1. The session will go on a break on February 9. The second phase of the Budget Session will start on March 5, and conclude on April 6.
The Budget session is likely to see important bills, including one for the commission for Backward Classes, and another one of Triple Talaq being taken up.
While The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was stuck in Rajya Sabha after getting passed in the Lower House, the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, which proposes constitutional status for the OBC commission, could not be passed in the Lok Sabha. The government had tabled the bill in Lok Sabha with an amendment alternative to the amendment made by the Rajya Sabha.
As it Happened: All-party meets ahead of Budget Session of Parliament
09:40 pm: Budget Session begins tomorrow. Budget to be presented on 1st February. Session will be in 2 parts with 8 sittings in first & 23 sittings in 2nd part. Several issues were discussed & we'll try to accommodate all of them. I hope session goes on smoothly: LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
09:30 pm: All Party Meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan concludes
08:30 pm: We'll continue to demand that Triple Talaq Bill be referred to select committee for deliberation upon some of its contentious clauses. We'll also raise Ockhi fishermen issue, NEET issue & Women's Reservation Bill which has not been listed in the business advisory: Kanimozhi, DMK
07:50 pm: All-Party Meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan underway in Parliament Library building
07:40 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai arrived for the all-party arty meeting called by the Lok Sabha speaker
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai arrived for the All Party meeting called by the Lok Sabha speaker (earlier visuals) pic.twitter.com/VOayUF9qKb— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2018
07:35 pm: All party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan begins in Parliament Library building
06:37 pm: Unemployment is rising. Peace and harmony is being driven out and violence being spread. Nation's unity is in danger. From Koregaon to Nandangaon to Buxar, Dalits are being oppressed. We raised these issues. We will also raise issues of farmers suicide: Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav, RJD
06:28 pm: Govt will do everything to ensure passage of triple talaq bill in Budget Session; will talk to parties for consensus: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar after all-party meet
06:27 pm: We discussed grave issues of the country, JD(U) discussed the pending issues from education & other sectors. We also suggested to finish fund for MPs & MP quota in admissions.: Harivansh Narayan Singh, JD(U) after All Party Meeting
06:25 pm: PM said budget session is very important & government takes very sincerely the suggestions given about it by opposition during discussion in all party meeting: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar
06:10 pm: Pre-Budget Session All-party Meeting underway in Parliament Library Building
04:45 pm: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Naresh Aggarwal, Apna Dal Anupriya Patel, NCP leader Tariq Anwar, CPI leader D Raja, TRS leader Keshav Yadav, TMC leader Derek O' Brian and Sandip Bandyopadhyay, AIADMK leader Navneet Krishnan and DMK's Kanimozhi are present in the meeting.
04:11 pm: Pre-Budget Session All Party Meeting begins in Parliament Library Building Delhi
04:05 pm: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley arrived for Pre-Budget Session All-party Meeting in Delhi
3:50 pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav arrives for Pre-Budget Session All-party Meeting in Delhi