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Parliament budget session: Amit Shah to initiate debate on President’s speech

The motion of thanks, as the debate is known, is an opportunity for both the government and the Opposition to raise and discuss vital issues.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2018 11:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, home minister Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani and other leaders attend a BJP parliamentary party meeting, during the Budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI)

Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah is on Monday expected to lead the ruling side during a debate on the President’s speech in the Rajya Sabha.

The motion of thanks, as the debate is known, is an opportunity for both the government and the Opposition to raise and discuss vital issues.

In his joint address to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on January 29, President Ram Nath Kovind supported the idea of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly election, something that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also keen on.

While Shah, a first-time member, will initiate the debate in the Upper House, the Lok Sabha is likely to be adjourned for the day. A member from Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana, Hukum Singh, passed away on Saturday.

The Prime Minister is likely to participate in the Rajya Sabha debate on Tuesday.

Frequent polls were a huge burden on human resources and impede development due to promulgation of the model code of conduct, the President had said on the opening day of the ongoing budget session.

“Therefore, a sustained debate is required on the subject of simultaneous elections and all political parties need to arrive at a consensus on this issue,” Kovind said.

The President’s speech is a policy statement that lists the government’s achievements while laying out the legislative agenda.

Kovind also spoke at length about the government’s commitment towards the welfare of farmers, battling distress over shrinking profits.

The union budget presented on February 1 listed several measures for farmers and improving agriculture.

In his speech, Kovind had also pushed for the passage of the triple talaq bill, saying for decades “dignity of Muslim women has remained captive to political cost-benefit”.

The Lok Sabha has passed the bill that seeks to criminalise the Islamic practice of instant divorce but the legislation is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling alliance is in a minority.

The Opposition says the bill needs to be discussed thoroughly.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 10:19 IST