Many triple talaq victims queued up outside the Chief Minister’s residence at Lucknow, after Yogi Adityanath took over the mantle from Akhilesh Yadav
New Delhi: The triple talaq Bill could not be tabled today due to an united opposition, which made the Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourn it sine die citing lack of “unity in the House” over the Bill.
The majority of opposition parties were up in arms against the Bill in its present form. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi demanded triple talaq to be sent to select panel.
Triple talaq Bill will now be taken up for debate in the Winter Session of the Parliament. However, sources have told MyNation the government has a Brahmastra, which is to bring it through the ordinance route and that can happen as early as next month.
Triple talaq has not just been a social issue for the BJP but also a political one which delivers a huge political dividend. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly election saw unprecedented support for the BJP from Muslim women on a single plank of triple talaq. Many triple talaq victims queued up outside the Chief Minister’s residence at Lucknow, after Yogi Adityanath took over the mantle from Akhilesh Yadav. In many rallies, the Prime Minister himself addressed this issue. No wonder that for the BJP, the passing of the Bill is politically very crucial and they enjoy the backing of a majority of Muslim women on that front.
Friday morning saw a meeting between the law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Amit Shah and few MPs where a strategy was discussed on how to sail it through. Clearly, the opposition was in no mood to allow that to happen. The Congress led the opposition to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe in the Rafale deal. And leaders from the opposition were quite upfront in accepting that the triple talaq Bill can’t pass unless the government accepts their demand for a JPC on Rafale deal, which came up suddenly. Around lunchtime, Amit Shah again held a meeting with Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Vijay Goel. Anticiopating what was coming their way, the plan B was readied that very moment.
Sources in the government has told MyNation, the government proposed to extend the monsoon session and discuss both Rafale deal and Triple talaq Bill.But with an unrelenting opposition and the house adjourned sine die, the government will now use the back door to "empower" Muslim women.
Last Updated 10, Aug 2018, 4:45 PM IST