NEW DELHI: The Triple Talaq Bill seems to have reunited the opposition, which had fallen apart in the beginning of the winter session. All opposition parties and even the Telegu Desam Party (TDP), which is an ally of the ruling BJP, are preparing to send the triple talaq bill to a parliamentary committee, once it is introduced in the Rajya Sabha. This was the sense that emerged from the business advisory committee (BAC) meeting held on Tuesday evening to plan for the business of the House for the remaining three days of the session.
The bill that criminalises the practice of instant talaq (divorce) was passed by the Lok Sabha last week and is slated to be introduced in the Upper House on Wednesday. While the bill was passed in Lok Sabha where the ruling BJP has a clear majority, it is unlikely to be passed in Rajya Sabha where the treasury benches lack the numbers.
Apart from the usual band of Opposition parties — Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPM, CPI, DMK, SP, BSP, BJD — working together on this, even the AIADMK which has on many occasions so far bailed out the government, seemed inclined on Tuesday to support the bill being sent off to a Select Committee.
Interestingly, Nda Ally Tdp is also opposed the passing of the bill in its present form, according to sources.
In fact, it is learnt that the opposition parties are exploring the idea of moving a “motion of amendment under Rule 125,” jointly to make amendments to the present bill to protect the rights of the Muslim women.
According to Opposition sources, BJP seems to be “isolated” on this bill except its allies SAD and Shiv Sena likely to come up its support, in the Upper House.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD, which like AIADMK has often maintained its equidistant position from both the BJP and the Congress, has taken a clear stand in opposing the bill in Lok Sabha in its present form. But Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP, which is an ally of the BJP has mostly supported the Narendra Modi government on issues so far, but seem disinclined to go along on the issue of the triple talaq bill.
Source : timesofindia