Opposition, TDP want select panel to look at triple talaq Bill

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday issued a three line whip for all its Lok Sabha (LS) and Rajya Sabha (RS) members.

The Bill on instant triple talaq will likely be sent to a select committee after a discussion in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

The bill apart from outlawing triple talaq OR talaq-e-biddat also makes it a punishable offence, according to its provisions.

The Congress, which supported the bill in the Lok Sabha, says that it opposes the criminalization part in it.

At the meeting, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley, also the Union Finance Minister, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar were believed to have told the opposition that they should not insist on amendments to the bill or to recommend its reference to a parliamentary committee. We have demanded that the Bill must go to the select committee so that it can be considered carefully. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik's BJD, which like AIADMK has often maintained its equidistant position from both the BJP and the Congress, has taken a clear stand in opposing the bill in Lok Sabha in its present form. The Congress and some other parties wanted more time for deliberating on the bill.

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Some Opposition leaders even demanded a 12-hour debate, which was also ruled out by the government.

"This government wants to destroy the parliamentary practice of legislative scrutiny through either standing committees or select committees", said Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (Trinamool Congress).

The Bill criminalizing instant triple talaq may be facing Opposition in certain quarters and muslim women and petitioners in the Supreme Court are all for it. Another meeting of the House business advisory committee is scheduled for Wednesday morning. As the govt doesn't have a majority in the upper house, it has engaged opposition parties in dialogue to ensure the legislation passes the upper house without a hitch to empower muslim women and protect their rights as well as dignity.

The Congress, which had made the demand before the bill was passed by the Lok Sabha by voice vote, had moved some amendments to the legislation but did not press for voting on those.

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