The Opposition seems to have conveyed to the Centre that it will push for at least three amendments to the legislation, also known as the triple talaq Bill, related to the provision of jail term for the offenders, if the Bill is not referred to a Select Committee. We have demanded that the Bill must go to the select committee so that it can be considered carefully.
"It has been listed for today but as far as left parties are concerned, we will demand that bill should referred to Select Committee of Rajya Sabha", D Raja said. The govt is set to put up the bill for consideration in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
"This government wants to destroy the parliamentary practice of legislative scrutiny through either standing committees or select committees", said Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (Trinamool Congress).
Though a few of the leaders belonging to the opposition parties voted in favour of the bill they also gave a few warning.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the government was in talks with Congress party for smooth passage of the legislation, which was passed by Lok Sabha last week. "That can only be done by Parliament", the Congress's deputy leader in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, told The Indian Express. The Opposition is now working on a coordinated strategy to push through amendments, particularly to ensure that the bill's provision on non-bailable arrest is watered down.
Meanwhile, the government urged the Congress not to press for amendments to the bill in the Rajya Sabha. We have to see how the debate evolves. what is actually included and how is it implementable. and until it is equitable for all women under all clauses of talaq.
The SC said triple talaq violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women as it irrevocably ends a marriage without any chance of reconciliation.
It would be tough for the government in the Upper House to pass the bill in its present form as BJP is in minority here. "I am confident that all parties will cooperate in Rajya Sabha", Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.