The government hopes that the bill to end the practice of instant triple talaq would get similar support from the opposition as the Constitution amendment bill to allow the goods and services tax (GST) did a year ago.
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister and BJP leader Ananth Kumar on Sunday in a pre-session meeting in Delhi said that his party will leave no stone unturned to pass the controversial triple talaq bill in the Parliament. "We should think about the well-being of rural India, farmers, Dalits, tribal communities and labourers". The first spell of the session will end on February 9.
Kovind said his government was committed to connect all villages with roads and was making efforts to double farm income by 2022.
The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill and the Seeds Bill are likely to be taken up by the Rajya Sabha.
"If the PM is serious about the cause of empowerment of women, he should help to secure the passage of the women's reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, where his party is in a majority'".
He said the banks were also being revitalised and the banking system made transparent, with the government deciding to "recapitalise the public sector banks by infusing more than Rs 2 lakh crore of capital into them". Mr Modi, who has been strongly pitching for simultaneous polls, had recently said that like festivals, elections should be held on fixed dates so that governments can function for five years and also relentless electoral cycle harms the federal structure. But the bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha due to a deadlock over Opposition's demand seeking its reference to a Select Committee for close scrutiny.