Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Mayawati accuses BJP for stalling the Triple Talaq Bill

Mayawati accuses BJP for stalling the Triple Talaq Bill

The Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha through a voice vote but could not be passed in the Upper House due to a deadlock over the Opposition's demand seeking its reference to a Select Committee for close scrutiny.

As the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the opposition over the triple talaq bill, Union minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the development exposed the "double standard" of the Congress-led opposition, and wondered why they were running away from a discussion on the bill in the House. "The government is committed to passing the law and empower our Muslim sisters", Ananthkumar said.

BSP chief said that the prime minister is trying to force his anti-Muslim feelings through the Bill as he wanted that like other issues, Triple Talaq also turned out to be issue of confrontation between Hindu-Muslim so that the BJP would capitalise on it through polarization during elections.

The government in Rajya Sabha was hoping to get a breakthrough in the standoff over the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which seeks to outlaw talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq and punish offenders with a jail term.

Citing Rule 70 (sub-rule 2a), Congress MP Anand Sharma tried to justify the Opposition's demand to refer the bill to the select committee. "They are doing injustice the same way they did in the Shah Bano case".

Government sources ruled out any possibility of an ordinance on the bill, stuck in the Rajya Sabha, reports IANS.

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. The lack of consensus means that the Bill will now be taken up in the Budget Session that begins on January 29. After a recess, Parliament will meet again from March 5 to April 6, Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.

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