Winter session of parliament ends, House fails Muslim women

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Friday, being the last day of this winter session of Parliament, the fate of the contentious triple talaq bill continued to hang in a balance.

With the triple talaq bill failing to get through Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday, the Narendra Modi government has now made a decision to bring it during the Budget Session which will commence from January 29.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with most of the leading parties in the Opposition, including the Congress, voting in favour, but with caveats. There is anger among people on this issue."Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar slammed the Congress for stalling the Bill".

The bill, which has divided political parties and drawn criticism from several Muslim bodies, was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28. However, both the Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress suffered from a sudden change of mind once the self-same Bill came before the Rajya Sabha for passage.

The bill, already cleared by the Lok Sabha, could not be passed in the upper house with the Opposition demanding that it be referred to a Select Committee for close scrutiny.

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The Board has also requested opposition leaders to appeal to the President not to sign any such ordinance if it is sent to him, said Nomani. Even the reference of the Bill to a select committee can only aid the BJP attempt to burnish its reformist credentials.

Countering Congress for not following the parliamentary procedures, Jaitley said the whole country "is watching that in the other House you supported the Bill and here you are trying to derail it".

On her part, Smriti Irani said the Congress party stood exposed instead in the eyes of Muslim women.

The rebuttal led to the Upper House getting adjourned, following which Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress party of resorting to double standard in the matter of the bill. The bill makes giving triple talaq punishable by up to three years in jail.

New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament will commence January 29 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs recommended Friday.

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