New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday while addressing the join session of Parliament asked MPs to support the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill - popularly known as the Triple Talaq bill.
"I hope the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill will be passed soon so that the Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear", Kovind said in his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session.
Earlier in the morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also appealed to the opposition to pass the Triple Talaq Bill, which criminalises instant divorce.
The Triple Talaq bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha but stalled by the opposition in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling BJP does not have the needed numbers.
While the BJP wants the bill to be passed in its original form, the opposition, including some of the NDA partners, wants amendment in the proposed legislation.
Besides appeal to MPs to support Triple Talaq bill, the president's address mainly consisted of praising what he said the "good work" of the NDA government in New Delhi.
"My government is working dedicatedly to strengthen weaker sections, social justice and economic democracy in the country and make life easier for the common citizen, following the inherent fundamentals in the constitution", he said.
President’s address to the Parliament has officially opened the Budget Session and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will shortly present the Economic Survey 2018, three days before the Narendra Modi’s government’s last full-fledged budget ahead of general elections.
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