Triple talaq bill pushed to budget session

Triple talaq bill pushed to budget session
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The government failed to get the triple talaq bill passed in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session that concluded on Friday, pushing the controversial legislation to the budget session that begins on January 29.

New Delhi: The government failed to get the triple talaq bill passed in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session that concluded on Friday, pushing the controversial legislation to the budget session that begins on January 29.

Government sources ruled out any possibility of an ordinance on triple talaq as the dates for the budget session were already announced.
At the customary press briefing on the concluding day of the winter session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar said he hoped the Congress and other opposition parties would agree on passing the bill the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017.

"We hope the Congress will understand the public opinion on the issue, reconsider their stand and pass it in the budget session. There is anger among people on this issue," Ananth Kumar said.

The minister slammed the Congress for stalling the bill, accusing its leaders of being against the empowerment of Muslim women in India. "The intention of the (Narendra) Modi government is clear. We want equality and respect for the Muslim women, and the Congress is opposing it. They have just shown their double standard," he said.

The Lok Sabha passed the bill on December 28, the day it was moved in the House. It was brought to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday amid a din by the opposition.

The opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where it has more numbers than the government, insisted on referring the legislation to a Select Committee and sought voting over the issue.

The government categorically rejected the demand, just as it had done in the Lok Sabha, which led to high drama in the Upper House on two consecutive days with treasury members forcing an unusual adjournment on Wednesday to avoid voting. The deadlock in the House didn't let the discussion over the bill resume on Thursday.

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