Budget 2018: PM Narendra Modi reaches out to Opposition, says Centre pays heed to all views

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New Delhi | January 28, 2018 7:55 PM

Budget 2018: Ahead of the budget session of Parliament starting Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged leaders of all parties to ensure its success. During the meeting, the prime minister said that his government has taken the suggestions given by Opposition leaders during the meeting very sincerely.

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Budget 2018: Ahead of the budget session of Parliament starting Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged leaders of all parties to ensure its success. During the meeting, the prime minister said that his government has taken the suggestions given by Opposition leaders during the meeting very sincerely. “PM said budget session is very important and the government takes very sincerely the suggestions given by the opposition during the discussion in all-party meeting,” Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said while elaborating about the meeting.

The minister also talked about the Triple Talaq bill and hoped that it is passed in the Upper House too. “We hope the Triple Talaq Bill is passed in Rajya Sabha too. My colleagues and I will leave no stone unturned in talking to and convincing the political parties. The way they have passed GST unanimously, we request them to pass this too unanimously,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. Even as the government is hoping to push the bill on instant triple talaq in the Rajya Sabha during Budget 2018 session along with the one that seeks to provide constitutional status to the OBC Commission, the opposition parties plan to counter the Modi government on issues like rising incidents of rapes, alleged “attack” on constitutional institutions and condition of traders in the country.

“We want to raise these issues as they are important. The government should adopt a cooperative attitude and allow the opposition to raise these issues,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari was quoted as saying by PTI before the meeting began. The Budget 2018 session will begin with the customary address of the President to a joint sitting of both Houses of the Parliament. After the address by President Ram Nath Kovind, the government will table the economic survey in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the budget on February 1. it will be the last full budget of the NDA Government. Among Opposition leaders who were part of the meeting were Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress) Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), D Raja (CPI), Kanimozhi (DMK), Derek O’Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay (TMC) and Tariq Anwar (NCP).

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