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Triple talaq Bill deferred to next session

New Delhi, Aug 10 (AGENCIES/IANS) | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 12:39:16 PM IST

Rajya Sabha on Friday deferred the controversial triple talaq Bill to the next session of Parliament due to lack of consensus among political parties on the issue.

Informing the House just ahead of the Private Members Business in the afternoon session, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said: “Triple talaq Bill will not be taken up today because no consensus could be built around it.”

Today is the last day of the monsoon session of Parliament.

Meanwhile, speculations are that the Narendra Modi government may take the ordinance route to enact the legislation that sets aside the age-old practice of instant divorce prevailing in the Muslim community.

Though, according to sources, bringing the Bill in the Winter Session just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections would “suit the BJP better”. “The interim time BJP leaders can use to remind people of obstructions put by the Opposition parties in the road to the important legislation just like they had in the case of the SC/ST Bill,” the sources said.

Notably, the decision came after several rounds of meetings, including between BJP chief Amit Shah and senior ministers.

The sources also said that the Opposition demanded a JPC on the Rafale deal in lieu of support for the triple talaq Bill, which the government did not find acceptable.

‘Rahul thwarted passage of triple talaq bill’

After the triple talaq bill could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, the government blamed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for thwarting passage of the bill.

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said even though the bill could not be taken up in the monsoon session, the government would keep on trying to protect the interests of Muslim women.

“We will keep the struggle on. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his party are directly responsible for delaying the passage of the bill. They have blocked it from day one. They unnecessarily raised the issue of sending the bill to the select committee,” Kumar told reporters outside the Parliament.

However, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said her party’s position is absolutely clear on the bill.

“Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this. I will not say anything on this further,” said Sonia Gandhi on the Triple Talaq bill.

 

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