Congress sabotaging Triple Talaq Bill: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

No consensus on anti-triple talaq Bill Parliament’s winter session ends

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 Congress and other parties, including BJP ally Telugu Desam Party and the AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal, called Government-friendly parties because they regularly help it pass Legislation in the Rajya Sabha - want further scrutiny of the Bill by a Select Committee of the House, primarily voicing concern over the provision for a jail term.

"The central government has drafted the bill with the intention to use it as a weapon against the minority community by including matters which didn't find a place even in the Supreme Court order which made talaq-e-biddat unconstitutional".

Mayawati alleged that it appears that the Modi government wanted to disturb the society as "per its anti-Muslim policy and works" so as to convert this (triple talaq) matter into a Hindu-Muslim issue to serve its political and electoral means. They said that if the Congress does move to stand in the favor of Muslims on this issue, the Muslims will in turn, support the Congress in the 2019 elections.

"The BSP is not against the bill but the provision of punishment in it will pose more problems for divorced Muslim women and they will become victims of more atrocities", she said.

The first phase of the Budget Session will be from January 29 to February 9.

Speaking on the two Bills deemed important on the agenda for the government, he said, "When a revolutionary Bill is introduced, it results in a countrywide debate".

The bill, already cleared by the Lok Sabha, could not be passed in the upper house due to a deadlock over Opposition's demand to send it to the Select Committee for close scrutiny. Addressing a news conference here on Saturday, IUWL national general secretary Noorbina Rasheed said that the organization would launch a nation-wide campaign against the bill. But BJP government neither explains how this is possible nor takes responsibility of the aggrieved wife's financial securities. After a recess, Parliament will meet again from March 5 to April 6, Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.

IANS quoted highly placed government sources as saying that the possibility of an ordinance on the bill is unlikely. "They want to treat Parliament as a rubber stamp" he told reporters.

GST is a prime example of consequences of when a law is not scrutinised, as there have been 301 rules that have been changed, he said.

They said Congress, who supported it in Lok Sabha, should have allowed it to pass in Rajya Sabha.

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