Stalled in RS, Triple Talaq Bill now pushed to Budget Session

Triple talaq bill Congress issues whip for its members in Rajya Sabha

Stalled in RS, Triple Talaq Bill now pushed to Budget Session

Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, while asserting the government's commitment to abolish triple talaq, said that the government will now bring the "bill in the Budget Session".

However, she vehemently opposed Ishrat Jahan's move to join the BJP and said that Ishrat Jahan used the Triple Talaq issue for her personal gain and will now use her role in this entire matter to gain political mileage.

However, on Saturday, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government was willing to "consider any reasonable and constructive suggestions from the Congress party or any other party" but the suggestion can not be one that is "designed to kill the soul of the Bill".

Asked about a possibility of bringing in an ordinance till the bill cleared, Ananth Kumar parried a direct reply and said, "The dates for the budget session have already been announced".

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When the Budget Session starts on January 29, the motion, which was moved by Congress leader Anand Sharma against a provision in the bill, will be taken up for consideration. She added, " Congress and other political parties are probably not liking it that the Modi government took a step to improve the lives of the Muslim women and it is clear that these other political parties do not want the Muslim women to rise above the social inequality they face in their everyday lives".

Yesterday, The Congress stated that they were in favour of the triple talaq bill, but have rejected it as the current government did not give any "clarity" over the sustenance of the victims. "This is due to the government's delay in holding the Winter Session", he said.

However, the Muslim men praised the Congress for making a last stand against this bill in the Rajya Sabha and said "better late than never".

The Minister also termed the just-concluded session of Parliament as "successful", with the two Houses having passed 22 Bills in a session that had just 13 sittings.

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Referring to the earlier decisions like demonetisation and GST, Mayawati said that the Modi government has the habit of working in an arbitrary manner and stressed that the new measures adopted by them have proved to be very problematic for countrymen. We want equality and respect for the Muslim women, and the Congress is opposing it.

The Congress hit back, saying BJP was responsible for the "impasse in Rajya Sabha" due to which triple talaq bill could not be discussed while alleging that the ruling party wanted to treat the Parliament as a "rubber stamp".

"They (the ruling BJP) are squarely responsible for this impasse in the Rajya Sabha".

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that for the first time in the country's parliamentary history people could see ministers stalling proceedings.

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