Triple Talaq Bill: Congress to consult other opposition parties before taking decision

Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and party’s state in-charge Ashok Gehlot at a post-election review meeting in Mehsana

The bill was passed after the Lok Sabha rejected a string of amendments moved by various opposition members including those from Congress. The party, however, opposes the provision in the bill criminalising the pronouncement of instantaneous triple talaq.

The contentious bill that criminalises instant triple talaq among Muslims, already passed by the Lok Sabha, is set to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha today.

The party might press for amendments in the bill, including a clause for maintenance to the Muslim women and making it mandatory for the man to prove that triple talaq had not been invoked, the sources said.

"As far as Left parties are concerned, we want this bill to be referred to the Select Committee".

When the Bill was in the Lok Sabha, most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including Congress, had voted in its favour.

However, owing to the lack of a majority of the government in the Rajya Sabha, there are chances that the Bill may be impeded or blocked. "They are saying don't send bills to the Standing Committee for closer scrutiny".

However, the BJP is confident of achieving its goal of passing the Bill. "May be tomorrow", Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters outside Parliament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has even issued a three-line whip for all its MPs to remain present in Parliament on January 2 and 3. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday last week.

Speaking at the mujahid state conference in Malappuram on Saturday, Hassan said that he opposed the triple talaq bill because the bill was not aimed at ensuring justice for muslim women but was a prelude to the imposition of the uniform civil code on the muslim community.

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