As the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the opposition over the triple talaq bill, Union minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the development exposed the "double standard" of the Congress-led opposition, and wondered why they were running away from a discussion on the bill in the House. "This Bill is against the rights of Muslim women", he said, while maintaining that the entire House was united in its opposition to the practice of triple talaq.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which makes instant triple talaq a cognizable offence punishable with three years in jail.
"Congress is always in favour of the people", Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said.
The Congress and other parties, including BJP ally Telugu Desam Party and the AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal, called Government-friendly parties because they regularly help it pass Legislation in the Rajya Sabha - want further scrutiny of the Bill by a Select Committee of the House, primarily voicing concern over the provision for a jail term.
Condemning the Congress's demand to refer the bill to the Select Committee, Kumar said: "Everyday they bring a new excuse and their demand to refer the bill to the Select Committee is just a trick to misguide all".
Government sources ruled out any possibility of an ordinance on the bill, stuck in the Rajya Sabha, reports IANS. However, the government is "committed to passing the law and empower our Muslim sisters", said the parliamentary affairs minister. The triple talaq bill was listed in the Rajya Sabha today, the last day of the winter session of parliament. Last week, the Lok Sabha passed the Triple Talaq bill which was then forwarded to the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks majority. "So, the biggest culprit is Congress". He also proposed names of members who could be part of the committee.
She, however, said there were some shortcomings in the bill.