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  1. Congress has double standards on triple talaq bill, says FM Arun Jaitley

Congress has double standards on triple talaq bill, says FM Arun Jaitley

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today accused the Congress of "double standards" in its stand on the triple talaq bill, saying it was trying to stall the bill in the Rajya Sabha after supporting it in the Lok Sabha.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 3, 2018 12:38 PM
Congress, FM Arun jaitley, arun jaitley,  triple talaq bill, triple talaq, Ananth Kumar Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Express Photo)

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today accused the Congress of “double standards” in its stand on the triple talaq bill, saying it was trying to stall the bill in the Rajya Sabha after supporting it in the Lok Sabha. Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party, the Union finance minister also said the government wanted a debate on the bill, which criminalises instant talaq, and its passage with a consensus like the GST bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters.

“The Congress is showing double standards. It is trying to stall the bill in the Rajya Sabha after supporting it in the Lok Sabha,” Kumar quoted Jaitley as saying. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were also present in the weekly meeting of BJP MPs.

The government has to depend on the opposition and other non-NDA parties in the Rajya Sabha for passage of its bills as it does not have a majority in the House, unlike the Lok Sabha where it enjoys strong support. Kumar said the government has been talking to the Congress and other parties to pass the triple talaq bill.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week. He added that a bill, which envisages constitutional status for the OBC Commission, will come up in the Lok Sabha again after the opposition forced amendments in the Rajya Sabha in the last session.

The BJP has showcased the bill as proof of its commitment to empowering backward classes — the proposed commission will enjoy more powers than its existing form.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot briefed MPs on the bill. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi spoke about the government’s move to do away with requirement of ‘mehram’ (male guardian) for women, who are 45 years of age or older, going for Haj. The Congress was targeting the government with its “disinformation campaign”, he said. PTI KR MIN 01031207

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  1. Narendra M. Apte
    Jan 3, 2018 at 3:48 pm
    1. I wish that the Rajya Sabha discusses thoroughly the triple talaq bill and then passes it in this session only. 2. I think that opposition to the bill can never be justified. Muslim leaders could have demanded that triple talaq be made punishable. But that did not happen and the Supreme Court had to intervene and once it gave a decisions making triple talaq illegal, Central government had no option but to come forward with appropriate legislation to make triple talaq punishable. 3. It is also a fact that most leaders of Muslim communities, hailing from different parts of our vast country, are simply not ready to move with the times and would still wish to deny basic rights to Muslim women in name of religion. They often use ancient Muslim personal law to support their views on rights of Muslim women. I think in a democratic country like ours we must reform Muslim personal law, as anti-women’s right provisions of this law cannot be regarded as acceptable in 21st century.
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