Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Speculation rife about early LS polls after President's speech

Speculation rife about early LS polls after President's speech

This has led to widespread speculation that the Lok Sabha elections to be conducted in 2019 may be advanced to 2018 itself.

Following a recess after February 9, Parliament will meet again from March 5 to April 6.

"In the last three and a half years, the rate of inflation as well as the government's fiscal and current account deficits have, on an average, shown a decline", he said, adding the Foreign Exchange Reserves have risen to a level of over United States dollars 410 billion.

This document is presented to both houses of Parliament during the Budget Session. In August past year however, the government for the first time presented a mid-term economic survey. The Economic Survey 2018 was prepared by Arvind Subramanian, the current Chief Economic Advisor of India. 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. In November the factory output grew at 17-month high pace of 8.4 per cent, indicating green shoots.

Kovind said National Anti-profiteering Authority has been formed to see that benefits of lower prices of goods and services are passed on to the consumers.

A day before the start of the session, BJP leaders met several parties and sought their cooperation in ensuring the Triple Talaq bill is passed in the parliament.

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The same was reiterated by Modi at a meeting of NDA leaders.

Buzz is growing louder that the Centre might advance the Lok Sabha elections to December 2018 simultaneously with assembly polls in three big states - Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. "Now, the nation has the opportunity to release them from this situation", he added.

"The matter is before Rajya Sabha". I hope and appeal to political parties across the country to join hands in passing the triple talaq bill to protect the rights of Muslim women. Long pending issues including the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, will be discussed in the Lower House.

He said given a positive outlook of the Indian economy, the Budget would give a new fillip to growth.

"They must live up to the promises that they had made".

Kovind said the government has also formulated a new Metro Rail Policy which laid emphasis on "last mile connectivity".

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