Triple talaq Rajya Sabha LIVE: Narendra Modi government likely to make last-ditch effort to get bill approved by Upper House on last day of Winter Session of Parliament

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Triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE: The Narendra Modi government is likely to make its last-ditch effort to get the bill approved by the Upper House in view of the deadlock over the triple talaq bill. Importantly, the ongoing winter session of the Parliament will also conclude today. 

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Triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha LIVE: The fate of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which makes instant triple talaq a cognizable offence punishable with three years in jail, continued to hang in a balance on the second last day of the winter session of Parliament on Thursday. On Friday, the Narendra Modi government is likely to make its last-ditch effort to get the bill approved by the Upper House in view of the deadlock over the triple talaq bill. Importantly, the ongoing winter session of the Parliament will also conclude today. Rajya Sabha witnessed a rancorous debate between the government and the Opposition led by Congress party yesterday over whether to refer the bill to a Select Committee. The Upper house was adjourned yesterday amid uproar by the opposition without any decision on triple talaq bill. The bill was already passed in the Lok Sabha with most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including the Congress party, voting in favour, but with caveats. The bill, if enacted, will make triple talaq a criminal offence. It proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.

Track live updates of Winter Session of Parliament 2018 here:

1: 15 pm: Both Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die

12: 28 pm: Watch Video-

12: 25 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned sine-die.

11: 53 am: Parliament Business today

Lok Sabha

Bill to be withdrawn:
The Consumer Protection Bill, 2015.

Bills to be introduced:
The Consumer Protection Bill
The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill
Consideration of Rajya Sabha

Amendment:
The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill.

Bills for consideration and passing:
The Dentists (Amendment) Bill
The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill
The Representation of the People(Amendment) Bill
Private Members’ Business.

Rajya Sabha

Private Members’ Business.

Bills for consideration and return:
The Goods and Services Tax(Compensation to States) Amendment Bill

Bills for consideration and passing:
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill
The Prevention of Corruption(Amendment) Bill
The Central Road Fund (Amendment)Bill
The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill
The Appropriation (No.5) Bill

11: 37 am: Just a day of winter session to go, no headway on instant talaq bill in Rajya Sabha.

11: 21 am: BJP issues whip asking all its MPs to remain present in both the houses of Parliament, today

11: 18 am: In the latest update, the bill is unlikely to be taken today. Impasse continues. Opposition refuses to agree with govt’s proposal to discuss the bill.

11: 12 am: Also Read| Triple Talaq bill in Parliament today: Here’s what has happened so far

11: 04 am: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which makes triple talaq illegal and void, sailed through Lok Sabha and will now have to clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle. The bill makes giving triple talaq punishable by up to three years in jail. The offence is cognisable and non-bailable. Reactions from women rights groups have been mixed with one section welcoming a legal framework for addressing triple talaq and the other opposed to making violation of civil contract of marriage a criminal act.

10: 56 am: A few days after the triple talaq petitioner from the city, Ishrat Jahan joined the BJP, her advocate Nazia Elahi Khan on Thursday also joined the party. “Ishrat Jahan had joined our party few days back. Her lawyer and renowned social activist Nazia Elahi Khan also joined BJP today,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Thursday. Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners in the triple talaq case, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last week, with the party felicitating her for fighting against the practice.

10: 49 am: Meanwhile, Majeed Memon, NCP leader, said that the ruling party is not the messiah for Muslim women. Watch Video-

10: 41 am: They don’t want justice for Muslim women, says Ananth Kumar, Union Minister

10: 33 am: While, outside the Parliament, TMC MP Derek O’ Brien yesterday said the BJP had been exposed. “Today BJP has been exposed, they don’t have the guts to empower women,” he said. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “The government is isolated, the Opposition is one. The bill should be sent to the select committee.”

10: 28 am: In the backdrop of disruptions in Rajya Sabha on various issues, its Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had yesterday held a meeting with members of various parties on the functioning of the House. The triple talaq bill was also discussed and Naidu asked both the opposition and the treasury benches to sort out the issue between them.

10: 16 am: Rajya Sabha had adjourned for the day after continued uproar over triple talaq bill.

10: 02 am: The bill, which has divided political parties and drawn criticism from several Muslim bodies, was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28. It now has to be passed by the Rajya Sabha to become a law. But the Congress, which supported the bill in the Lok Sabha, wants certain changes to the bill – such as making provisions for providing financial aid to Muslim women divorced through instant triple talaq – before supporting its passage in the upper House.

9: 49 am: Congress issues three-line whip for its members in Rajya Sabha, asking them to remain present in the house today.

9: 34 am:  The Congress party on Thursday maintained that the union government’s bill on triple talaq, if implemented sans amendments, could “harm” many families. “There are certain provisions in the bill that could harm families. This is what [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi ji wants. It is the mentality of Modi ji and ‘Sangh parivar’, because of which there have been efforts to insult Muslim community”, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad told ANI.

9: 27 am: On Wednesday night, hours after the Opposition stalled the debate in Rajya Sabha and demanded that the Bill be sent to the select committee, the government made another attempt to reach out to the Opposition. An attempt was also made to wean away TDP and AIADMK members, Opposition leaders claimed, reported IE.

9: 16 am: The proposed law, which makes talaq-e-biddat a “cognizable and non-bailable offence”, has provisions of “imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and fine” for any Muslim man who divorces his wife via instant triple talaq. It also provides for “subsistence allowance” to Muslim women and custody of minor children as “may be determined by the magistrate”.

9: 05 am: A day before, a pandemonium broke out in the Upper House soon after the bill was tabled by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.Congress leader Anand Sharma moved the notice to refer the bill to a select committee of Rajya Sabha. He even proposed the names of committee members following which the Upper House witnessed a stormy session. “Since the BJP keeps trying to oppress and insult the Muslim community, everyone agreed that it should be sent to a select committee, and a decision should be arrived on after taking into consideration all groups’ interests,” Ahmad remarked.

9: 01 am: Jaitley, who is also Leader of the House, raised questions over the validity of the two motions saying the statutory requirement of 24 hours advance notice was not given and that the proposed committee was not representative in character. Citing earlier rulings, he said a parliamentary panel has to represent the character of the House and be a “microcosm of the House”.

8: 53 am: Earlier, the opposition wanted the Chair to put the motions moved by Congress leader Anand Sharma and Trinamool Congress member Sukhendu Shekar Roy for reference of the legislation to a proposed Select Committee be put to vote immediately. They contended that before the House adjourned on Wednesday, a division was to be taken and so the Rajya Sabha should pick up the thread from where it was left

8: 45 am: The Congress party on Thursday maintained that the union government’s bill on triple talaq, if implemented sans amendments, could “harm” many families. “There are certain provisions in the bill that could harm families. This is what [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi ji wants. It is the mentality of Modi ji and ‘Sangh parivar’, because of which there have been efforts to insult Muslim community”, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad told ANI.

8: 40 am: Terming it “a historic bill”, Prasad said the Supreme Court on August 22 “called triple talaq as unconstitutional … The judges appealed to Parliament to come out with a law. Until then, it stopped the practice for six months. Even after Lok Sabha passing it, triple talaq is being given.”

8: 32 am: 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.

8: 27 am: As Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien pleaded helplessness on the ground that the listing of business was the government’s priority and decided to go ahead with a bill on GST, opposition members created an uproar, forcing him to adjourn the House for the day.

8: 24 am: With no agreement, the government placed the bill in the bottom of priority in the list of business, which the opposition strongly objected to and demanded that its motions for referring the bill to a Select Committee be taken up immediately.

8: 20 am: The deadlock on the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha continued on Thursday with the opposition insisting on its reference to a Select Committee for detailed scrutiny and the government rejecting the demand.

8: 16 am: While the government emphasised the need to pass the bill on an urgent basis citing a Supreme Court judgement pronouncing triple talaq as unconstitutional, the opposition countered it saying the views of various stakeholders must be taken by the select panel.

8: 09 am: 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 December 28.

8: 01 am: The House, which had met at 3 PM after witnessing three adjournments over the Maharashtra caste violence, also witnessed procedural wranglings from both sides.

7: 50 am: Amid noisy scenes, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 for discussion and passage, but pandemonium broke out in the Upper House with the opposition creating an uproar and the BJP countering it vociferously.

7: 45 am: A united opposition yesterday had a face-off with the government over the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha and stalled a debate on it insisting that it should be sent to a select panel, as the ruling BJP strongly sought its expeditious passage to stop the unlawful practice.

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