PM Modi seeks all parties' support for smooth Budget Session

Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha at an all party meeting, ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament beginning on Monday, the PM said that Government gives huge importance to the issues raised by all political parties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of various parties attended the dinner at Parliament House Library.

Briefing media after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, the Prime Minister also said that the budget session was important and the government paid much attention to the suggestions emerging from the all party meeting.

Modi also said that "the Budget Session is important and the entire world is extremely optimistic about India".

The Budget session of Parliament got underway today.

Sources said the Triple Talaq Bill, which virtually stalled the Rajya Sabha in the last session, was not discussed at the meeting. Session will be in two parts with eight sittings in first and 23 sittings in 2nd part.

"It's a matter of pride for us that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognised Kumbh Mela as "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity", says President Ram Nath Kovind.

Meanwhile, the Opposition is planning to raise concerns on rising incidents of rape, the alleged "attack" on constitutional institutions apart from the plight of traders. He said, the government is ready to discuss any issue in Parliament.

RJD leader Jaiprakash Narain Yadav said the opposition wanted the government to speak in Parliament on issues of public importance such as communal and gender violence. After a recess of almost a month, the session will resume on March 5 and go on until April 6.

The session is likely to conclude on April 6, with 31 sittings spread over 68 days.

  • Tracy Klein