Opposition thwarts Govt’s effort to push Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: A united Opposition on Monday thwarted the government’s attempt to push the instant Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha as it insisted on referring it to the select committee of Parliament.

The Upper House of the Parliament was adjourned for the day following continued Opposition uproar over the Bill. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2018 will now be tabled on January 2, 2019.

After a brief adjournment post lunch over the bill, Congress-led opposition persisted with its demand that it should be referred to the Select Committee of the House for scrutiny.

The leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that they are in favour of passing the Bill but insisted that it should follow the legislative procedure as crores of people will be impacted by the legislation.

Supporting a motion moved by Derek O’Brien of Trinamool Congress that the Bill may be sent to the Select Committee, Azad said, the opposition unanimously wants a debate on it, adding that 90 per cent of them are for the smooth functioning of the House.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel said the government is ready for discussion on the Bill and appealed to the House to pass it.

Goel accused the Congress of obstructing justice for Muslim women by not allowing its passage. As treasury and opposition benches traded charges on the Bill, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House for the day.

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