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Debate continues over triple talaq bill, govt-opp at loggerheads in Rajya Sabha

Even on the penultimate day of the winter session of Parliament today, the fate of the contentious triple talaq bill continued to hang in the balance as the Rajya Sabha witnessed a bitter debate between the government and the Opposition over whether to refer it to a Select Committee for scrutiny.

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On Thursday, the government and the Opposition remained divided over the triple talaq bill as the Rajya Sabha was adjourned following an uproar and chaos.
Jayant Sinha at Parliament on Thursday. Express photo by Praveen Jain

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The government rejected the Opposition’s demand for sending the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 to a Select Committee, infuriating them further.
Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Ramesh Bidhuri at the Parliament in New Delhi. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

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With no agreement, the government placed the bill at the bottom of priority in the list of business, as the Opposition demanded that its motions for referring the bill to a Select Committee be taken up immediately.
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at Parliament on Thursday. Express photo by Anil Sharma

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Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said the listing of business was the government’s priority. The Opposition members created an uproar, forcing him to adjourn the House for the day.
P Chidambaram at Parliament on Thursday. Express photo by Praveen Jain

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It now remains to be seen whether the government lists the bill, which seeks to criminalise instant divorce by uttering talaq thrice, for consideration on Friday – the last day of the Winter session.
Ram Vilas Paswan and Kalraj Mishra at the Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

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The Rajya Sabha saw a heated debate between TMC leader Derek O’ Brien and Union Minister Smriti Irani over the bill. “It’s clear that the opposition wants to empower women, and you (government) stand exposed,” Brien said. Reacting to the former quiz master, Irani demanded a discussion on the issue. “Absolutely not, if you seriously want to empower women then have a discussion now,” she said.
Union minister Smriti Irani and AK Antony at the Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. Express photo by Anil Sharma

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Apart from the triple talaq bill, issues related to the Bhima Koregaon violence and the economy were also discussed.
Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad with NGO workers from Jammu at the Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. Express photo by Anil Sharma

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The government also tabled a demand for an additional grant of Rs 80,000 crore towards bank recapitalisation in Lok Sabha. The recapitalisation move of state banks is seen as part of a move to help lenders deal with bad debts and revive credit growth.
Sashi Tharoor and Anupriya Patel at the Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

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The Maharashtra caste violence, that brought life in Mumbai to a standstill for the third consecutive day, also came up for discussion.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar and Satyapal Singh at the Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday. Express photo by Anil Sharma