The Centre’s Narendra Modi government has reportedly agreed to send the Triple Talaq Bill to the Select Committee after it faced huge opposition from parties in the Rajya Sabha.
Congress party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that there was no clarity in the bill demanding proper changes.
“Congress is not againts the bill. We want the bill to be re-examined.. There is no clarity in the bill, there should be proper changes and there are 17 parties supporting this. AIADMK, BJD and TDP are also with us in sending the bill to the select committee. The ruling party has no support, they do not believe in democracy,” Azad was quoted by News18.
Another Congress leader, Kapil Sibal, accused Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal of misinforming the parliament. He said, “What the law minister is saying in the house about the SC judgement is incorrect. This bill must be sent to a select committee.”
Janta Ka Reporter had first reported how Ravi Shankar Prasad had wrongly informed the Upper House about something that the Supreme Court had never said.
Trinamool Congress too raised its objections saying that “We are not opposed to the bill, but we want the bill to be strengthened. We want it to be sent to the Select Committee.”
What was embarrassing for the government was the stand taken by two of its own allies namely Shiv Sena and TDP. Both parties agreed with the opposition’s demand that the Bill be sent to the parliamentary panel.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opposed the demands of sending the bill to a parliamentary panel.
He said, “The bill should not be referred to a select committee because two of the SC judges who said it was not unconsitututional but held it to be unfair, used their extraordinary power to suspend this practice for six months and the period would be over in February and It was suspended under Article 142. The court ‘beseeched’ all political parties and asked a law to be brought in. Some people have said that they will still defy the verdict and now the house must show responsibility so that unconstitutional practice can be stopped.”
The government had passed the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha last week with the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad terming the development historic.
Opposing the Bill in the Lok Sabha, the AIMIM president, Asaduddin Owaisi had said that the Bill, if passed, will lead to abandonment of Muslim women. Owaisi also demanded the justice for 20 lakh non-Muslim women including the estranged wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who he referred as ‘bhabhi.’