Triple talaq bill not tabled in RS, opposition wants select committee

Parliament of India
Parliament of India

New Delhi, Dec 31: The revised triple talaq bill, which the Narendra government is keen on pushing through Parliament, could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Monday as the opposition insisted on sending it to a select committee.

The treasury benches told the house that the passage of the bill is being delayed deliberately.

The heated arguments between the opposition and the government prompted Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh to adjourn the house till January 2, 2019, 11 am.

Both sides accused the other of “doing politics”.

When the House resumed for the post-lunch sitting following an earlier disruption, the Deputy Chairman said that the House will be taking up the triple talaq bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week.

However, opposition members reiterated thier demand to send the bill to the select committee.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad stated the government has been disregarding since 1993 the practice of sending important bills to the standing committee for legislative scrutiny.

“Since the government does not send such bills to the standing committee, the opposition in the Rajya Sabha is forced to fight for sending them to select committee,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said “A message should go to the country that the opposition is creating road blocks to the passage of the bill. They are not in favour of Muslims. They are not in favour of giving women their rights. They are doing politics”.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma told the upper house that the minister has cast aspersions on the opposition and made false allegations.

He said the opposition is not opposed to the bill. “The government is doing politics. Without legislative scrutiny, the bill cannot be passed,” he said.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the issue concerns humanity. “Triple talaq is taking place despite Supreme Court outlawing it. The bill should not be delayed. The government is willing to consider suggestions of the opposition,” he asserted.

Earlier, as soon as Zero Hour was called, AIADMK members trooped to the Chair’s podium, holding placards and raising slogans.

They have been staging a protest against a proposed dam on the Cauvery river in Karnataka.

Leader of Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Opposition wants the House to function and it has nothing to do with the AIADMK protest.

“I want to clarify from my party’s side as well as the entire Opposition that we have nothing to do with this ruckus. This (noise) should not be credited in the Opposition’s account. It is between the AIADMK and the government,” Azad stated.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, criminalises instant the practice of divorce with three yearl jail term.

Earlier in a day, the Opposition party held a meeting in Rajya Sabha LoP Ghulam Nabi Azad’s chamber in Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a meeting in Parliament.
BJP President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were present.

Last week on December 27, the Triple Talaq Bill was passed in Lok Sabha amid intense discussion and opposition.

The Congress and AIADMK MPs, staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha when the Bill was passed.

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