Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Call for early passage of triple talaq Bill

The budget session will open with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament on Monday. Following the address the economic survey will be tabled in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha Call for early passage of triple talaq Bill
Melinda Barton | 30 January, 2018, 18:07

During this period, both Houses of Parliament will be adjourned for recess on February 9 to reassemble on March 5, so to enable the Standing Committees to examine the demands of grants of various Ministries/ Departments and make their reports thereon.

"Government gives huge importance to the issues raised by all Political Parties" Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ahead of the Budget Session.

He also made an impassioned plea for passage of the triple talaq Bill even as the opposition and the government remained at loggerheads on the contentious issue.

"Keeping its promise of "One Rank One Pension", my government has paid more than Rs 10,000 crore to veterans", he said in his address to a joint sitting of the Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session.

"I hope and I make a humble request to all political parties across the country to join hands in passing the triple talaq Bill to protect the rights of Muslim women".

"A host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting".

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi has asked Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to help begin a "movement" to ask rich lawmakers to forego their salaries for the rest of the Lok Sabha term.

The bill was "ambiguous" and lacked legal coherence, Zehra, who is also a member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), said at a press conference here.

The also convened an all-party meeting on the eve of the session and it was attended by Modi, union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, and leaders of opposition parties among others. My government has tabled a Bill on triple talaq in Parliament.

From the opposition side, Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge, Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav, Communist Party of India's (Marxist) D Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Kanimozhi, Derek O'Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay from the Trinamool Congress, and Tariq Anwar from the Nationalist Congress Party were present. They want the legislation to include provisions for financial aid to Muslim women and suggested government aid also.