LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan calls meeting of House leaders

Govt hopes for smooth budget session despite 'Padmaavat', court row

Also, the parliamentary party executive of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a meeting on Monday, followed by another meeting of NDA allies to discuss the strategy for the session.

A similar meeting has been convened by the government on Friday during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top opposition leaders are expected to express their mind on pertinent issues, which they would like to be taken up in the session.

While the government wants to push the passage of the triple talaq bill during the session, it will present the Economic Survey on Monday after a joint address by the President.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will announce the budget in the Parliament on Feb 1.

"We are very hopeful that the Bill, which is going to negate "Talaq-e-Biddat" and pave the way for empowering Muslim women, will be passed in the Rajya Sabha, too", he said.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar called the meeting "fruitful" and said the PM urged the leaders to make the session successful.

Addressing the media outside Parliament ahead of the Budget Session, Modi requested all political parties to pass the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

"Like the way parties passed the GST unanimously, we are requesting them to pass this Bill, which is going to ban the practice of instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) among Muslims", he said. JDU's expelled leader Sharad Yadav has already demanded a discussion by all Opposition parties over the impeachment issue. "The government should adopt a cooperative attitude and allow the Opposition to raise these issues", Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said.

"The number of "full" working days in first phase of the budget session are February 5, 6, 7 and 8 - just four days".

In the past 10 years, the salaries of parliamentarians have increased by an astounding 400 percent, a rise which is rare even in the profit-driven private sector, Gandhi said.

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