Political slugfest continues over Triple Talaq bill

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After a recess, Parliament will meet again from March 5 to April 6.

Hundreds of Muslim woman, under the aegis of the Gulbarga Muslim Unity Front and Raza Academy Gulbarga, staged a protest here on Saturday opposing the Central government's move of introducing a Bill in the winter session of Parliament criminalising instant triple Talaq.

While The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha, the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, which proposes constitutional status for the OBC commission, could not be passed in the Lok Sabha.

The bill, already cleared by the Lok Sabha, could not be passed in the upper house due to a deadlock over Opposition's demand to send it to the Select Committee for close scrutiny.

However, she vehemently opposed Ishrat Jahan's move to join the BJP and said that Ishrat Jahan used the Triple Talaq issue for her personal gain and will now use her role in this entire matter to gain political mileage. They want the Bill to include provisions for giving financial aid to Muslim women.

They said that the Congress was probably regretting supporting the BJP in the Lok Sabha on this bill, so it corrected its folly in the Rajya Sabha. "They are doing injustice the same way they did in the Shah Bano case".

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He alleged that everyday the Congress came up with an excuse to stall the bill in the Upper House.

However, the Muslim men praised the Congress for making a last stand against this bill in the Rajya Sabha and said "better late than never". However, the government is "committed to passing the law and empower our Muslim sisters", said the parliamentary affairs minister. "For the first time, Union ministers and (ruling party) MPs were seen standing in the Rajya Sabha and stalling Parliament", he told reporters.

"I would like to say that the Congress Party has sabotaged this bill because they didn't want BJP to get credit for it". She added, "BJP had made the Triple Talaq an electoral issue in the UP assembly elections and got a three-fourth majority in the assembly".

However, on Saturday, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government was willing to "consider any reasonable and constructive suggestions from the Congress party or any other party" but the suggestion can not be one that is "designed to kill the soul of the Bill".

"There were 13 sittings in this session, of which four were Fridays". The first phase of the session will be from January 29 to February 9.

He also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of converting his cabinet into a campaign committee for Gujarat polls at the cost of delaying parliamentary proceedings.

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