MM Hassan denies contradicting Congress stand on triple talaq

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Members of Parliament from DMK, CPI-M and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday demanded in Rajya Sabha to send the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill - popularly known as the Triple Talaq bill, to Select Committee.

"I have complete conviction that Congress will support the Bill the same way it did in Lok Sabha, or else the minority women will not spare them", Union Minister Giriraj Singh told ANI on Monday.

The sources added that while the Congress was in favour of the bill as it proposed to ban instant triple talaq, whether it would press for sending it to the Select Committee, as has been the practice in the Rajya Sabha, would only be seen on Tuesday.

The party wants all its MPs' presence in the Parliament on January 2 and 3 for the passage of several crucial bills during the period.

The government lacks a majority in the upper House and is making efforts for the bill's smooth passage by reaching out to opposition parties.

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He said, "As far as Left parties are concerned, we want this bill to be referred to the Select Committee. Hope the opposition, including the Congress, supports it", he said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has claimed that various Muslim bodies in the country would move the Supreme Court if the bill is also passed by the Rajya Sabha.

According to the government sources, the bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

However, the BJP is confident of achieving its goal of passing the Bill.

Speaking at the mujahid state conference in Malappuram on Saturday, Hassan said that he opposed the triple talaq bill because the bill was not aimed at ensuring justice for muslim women but was a prelude to the imposition of the uniform civil code on the muslim community.

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