Congress president Sonia Gandhi has urged PM Narendra Modi to use his party's majority in the Lok Sabha to get the Women's Reservation Bill passed.
In 2010, the Rajya Sabha had approved the bill which had then been returned to the Lok Sabha. It's been pending since then.
Earlier, the CPI-M had urged the passage of the bill, reminding Modi of his 2014 promise.
Maharashtra Congress leader Narayan Rane has quit Congress and its legislative council; the rumors were rife that he would do so soon.
Rane, whose stronghold is Konkan, might join the BJP but may face opposition from Shiv Sena.
Rane said that he had submitted his resignation because the Congress had "not fulfilled any promise it made in the last 12 years."
The Calcutta HC has struck down CM Mamata Banerjee's order prohibiting immersion of Durga idols during Muharram.
The HC has allowed immersion on all Puja days including Muharram (October 1). It has also asked police to ensure designated routes for immersion and Tazia.
"Let (Hindus and Muslims) live in harmony, do not create a line between them," Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwary told the government.