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Parliament mansoon session to start from July 18

The monsoon session of the Parliament will be held from July 18 to August 10 for 18 days, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said on Monday.

The government plans to pass the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill, 2017, in the monsoon session of Parliament, which seeks to accord constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

“Other important Bills including the Triple Talaq bill, Transgender Bill, among others will be brought in the Parliament for passing them,” Mr. Kumar said adding that the government expects constructive cooperation from all political parties for a productive session.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday asked Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee to come out in support of the triple talaq Bill.

“Let me make it clear that the Bill is not with regard to religion, mode of worship or faith. It has clear linkage to gender justice, gender dignity and gender equality. SC set it aside as void but still the cases continued. 22 Islamic countries have banned it. India is a secular country. Why are important leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati and Mamta Banerjee backtracking on it when the issue is purely justice and empowerment of women?” he said.

“That (third party clause) we will take care. On any third party abuse, I have an open mind… And nonbailable simply means you will not get bail from a police station. A magistrate will give bail on terms and conditions,” Prasad added.

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