Rajya Sabha adjourned after govt refuses to send Triple Talaq Bill to select panel
After Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Bill outlawing instant triple talaq, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the Opposition that it can't be referred to a select committee.
There was massive uproar in Rajya Sabha today as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley categorically told the agitating Opposition members that the Bill outlawing instant triple talaq (The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017) cannot be referred to a select committee for review.
The Upper House of Parliament was adjourned until 11 am tomorrow after a heated exchange between the government and Opposition MPs over the Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha last week.
After Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, Congress leader Anand Sharma moved a notice, saying the legislation should be sent to a select panel, and even proposed names for the committee.
Name of 17 Rajya Sabha MPs including Renuka Chowdhury, K Rahman Khan, Derek O Brien, Javed Ahmad, Majeed Memon, KK Ragesh, D Raja proposed to be members of Select Committee in the notice sent by Congress' Anand Sharma #TripleTalaqBill pic.twitter.com/aExOfiFMnL- ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
Jaitley said that can't happen, since two judges of the Supreme Court said the practice of instant triple talaq was unfair, and suspended it for six months - a period which ends on February 22.
The Finance Minister said the judges asked parties to come up with appropriate legislation, and that the country expected "urgency" from its Parliament.
The house is taken by surprise that a motion is suddenly moved, it has not been submitted a day before. The motion has to be give at least 24 hours in advance: Arun Jaitley on Anand Sharma's notice #TripleTalaqBill pic.twitter.com/GbQZw3Nskk- ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
Congress leader Kapil Sibal responded saying he wanted to correct the record. What Jaitley said about the Supreme Court's judgement was said in the context of the minority judgement, Sibal explained.
He (Arun Jaitley) referred to judgement of SC, I want to correct the record because I appeared in the case on behalf of Muslim Personal Law Board. What he said was in context of the minority judgement: Kapil Sibal, Congress in Rajya Sabha #TripleTalaqBill- ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
"Let the country know (the) Congress' hypocrisy and double standard(s)" Ravi Shankar Prasad was quoted as saying by ANI, after the discussion in the House.
The Law Minister said the Grand Old Party had supported the Bill in the Lok Sabha, but had taken a completely divergent view in the Rajya Sabha. He said the party had backed the Bill in the Lower House "in compulsion" because it had fewer members there.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said his party had been "regular talks with Chairman, government and parties in (the) Rajya Sabha."
"We had conveyed that this be referred to Select Committee but it was clear from their adamant attitude that they are playing politics, by selectively misquoting and misreporting (the) Supreme Court's judgement, even by (the) Leader of (the) House today."
We are all for this bill, it is a faulty bill. No womens' groups, stakeholders were consulted. All we ask for is that talk to all stakeholders: Trinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brien #TripleTalaqBill pic.twitter.com/7Dj8GAeD8y- ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
(Inputs from ANI)