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Triple talaq Bill misses RS date

| | New Delhi

Govt likely to bring in Ordinance after lack of consensus, blames Rahul for roadblock

Even after the Government watered down some stringent provisions of the triple talaq Bill, it failed to get the nod of the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The Government is now likely to come up with an Ordinance and push the Bill for passage in the Winter Session of Parliament.

The Bill which criminalises the practice of instant “triple talaq” could not be taken up for discussion and passage on the last day of the Monsoon Session due to lack of consensus among political parties. The Congress-led Opposition has been demanding the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 be sent to a Select Committee for scrutiny.

The BJP held Congress president Rahul Gandhi responsible for the Bill not getting the parliamentary nod, saying his party supported it in the Lok Sabha but not in the Rajya Sabha due to its double standards. When asked about the issue on the triple talaq Bill, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said, “Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this, I will not say anything further.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Sonia and his party are directly responsible for stalling the Bill. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel alleged that the Opposition MPs were creating ruckus in the House as they did not want the Bill to be taken up for passage.

When the Rajya Sabha reconvened post lunch on Friday after two adjournments, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has decided that the Bills “on which there is some sort of broad consensus” will be taken up for discussion and passage later in the day.

Naidu said it was suggested during the Business Advisory Committee Meeting that the Bill would be taken up on Friday. Later, he clarified that the triple talaq Bill will not be taken up as a consensus has not yet been evolved on the issue. The Cabinet had cleared some amendments to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by adding a bail provision to it.

The Bill came up after the Supreme Court on August 22 last year had struck down “triple talaq” as unconstitutional.

The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill in December. However, amendments to the draft legislation, once cleared by the Rajya Sabha, will again be sent to the Lower House for passage. The Centre, which does not have a majority in the Upper House, had also made efforts to get the Bill cleared in the Budget Session.



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