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Triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha on Jan 2

DH News Service, New Delhi, Dec 30 2017, 14:52 IST

The triple talaq bill will come up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the first working day of Parliament in the New Year, but it is to be seen how the situation evolves in the Upper House where the Opposition has better numbers.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday without much trouble for the government, has been listed as the second item in legislative business for passage on January 2.

There are feeble efforts from a section of Congress MPs in the Rajya Sabha to send the bill to a select committee for detailed examination as they feel that there are inconsistencies in the proposed legislation.

Though Congress MPs had raised objections to certain provisions while supporting the Bill, they did not press beyond a point for sending the bill to the standing committee.

It is to be seen whether the Congress would have a different strategy for the Upper House but sources said such a move is unlikely.

The Congress and the BJP have each have 57 members in a House of 245 MPs. Seven seats are vacant.

Interestingly, the main opponents of the bill like the AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, DMK and the BJD have a combined strength of 43.

If the CPM, CPI, BSP and the RJD also join them along with Muslim League, this non-Congress bloc's number could rise to 60. This could lead to a situation where the MPs can manage to send the bill to the select committee.

Interestingly, the Trinamool Congress, which has 12 members in Rajya Sabha, has not publicised their stance on the issue. In the Lok Sabha, its MPs did not participate in the debate or voting.

However, BJP floor leaders are hopeful about the passage of the bill as they believe that some of the opponents may stage a walkout and help the government in getting the bill passed.

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