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Help pass triple talaq bill, asks PM ahead of budget session

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a “humble request” to all political parties to help pass the bill on instant triple talaq in the Budget session of Parliament, saying it would be a New Year gift for Muslim women.

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament House, Modi said despite his government’s efforts and people’s expectations the triple talaq bill could not be passed in the last session.

He said though there should be no politics on the issue as it relates to the rights of Muslim women, the Bill could not be passed.

While the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, sailed through the Lok Sabha, it is pending in the Rajya Sabha as several opposition parties demanded that it be referred to a select committee.

The Budget session of Parliament got underway today.

The bill, which seeks to make instant triple talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband, was passed in the Lok Sabha on 28 December but it was stalled by the opposition parties in Rajya Sabha.

While the government emphasised the need to pass the bill on an urgent basis citing a Supreme Court judgment pronouncing triple talaq as unconstitutional, the opposition countered it saying the views of various stakeholders must be taken by the select panel.

While supporting the bill, the Opposition parties especially those from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, and Samajwadi Party insisted that it be referred to a select panel for further scrutiny.

The opposition remained adamant on its demand for setting up of a select committee, with Congress Deputy Leader Anand Sharma moving a resolution to this effect.

Sharma gave a list of opposition members to be part of the proposed select committee and asked the ruling party to suggest its names to the panel, which should give its report in the first week of the Budget Session.

Besides Congress, SP and TMC, the names proposed by Sharma for the panel included leaders of AIADMK, BSP, DMK, NCP, CPI, CPI(M), TDP, RJD, BJD, JMM, IUML and nominated member KTS Tulsi.

The Congress leader, along with Derek O’Brien (TMC), also insisted that the resolution on sending the bill to a select panel be put to vote in the House and a division was sought.

PTI

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