Triple Talaq bill to face Rajya Sabha test tomorrow

The government is getting ready to face acid test in Rajya Sabha in its efforts to get its nod for its Triple Talaq bill. After the government was able to get clearance in Lok Sabha on Friday, amid a walkout by the Opposition, is now proposing to introduce the same in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Congress and several opposition parties are opposing the contentious bill seeking to criminalise instant divorce. Congress and other opposition parties, even pro-NDA parties like AIADMK are insisting to refer the bill to Selection Committee, so that providing an opportunity for wider consultations.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had claimed that the bill will find support in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA lacks numbers. It is listed in the Rajya Sabha’s legislative agenda for Monday.

AICC general secretary K C Venugopal told reporters in Kochi that the party would join hands with others to prevent the bill from getting passed in the House. He recalled that as many as 10 opposition parties had openly come out against the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 when it was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have been moving strategically to block the bill in Rajya Sabha. They are gathering signatures against introduction of the bill. Already as many as 116 members signed on the petition.

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