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Triple Talaq bill Litmus test for Modi led govt awaits in Rajya Sabha

The contentious ‘triple talaq’ bill is likely to face stiff resistance from opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha which are united in their demand for sending the legislation to the Select Committee for further scrutiny.Sources said the numbers are stacked slightly in favour of the Opposition in the Upper House.
 
The UPA inclusive of regional parties DMK , TDP has 112 members in the Upper House and the NDA 93.
 
One seat is vacant. The remaining 39 members of other parties are unattached Such as ADMK , TMC , SP, BSP which BJP are unlikely to play an important role in the passage of the contentious legislation.
 
The passage of the bill in the Upper House thus is likely to be a difficult task for the government as it lacks a majority there unlike in the Lok Sabha.Opposition parties, including the Congress, and some regional parties such as the AIADMK, which has often supported the government in Parliament, have already expressed their reservations against the bill.
 
However government expressed hope Friday that the triple talaq bill, which criminalises the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men, will find support in the Rajya Sabha, whose approval is necessary for the bill to become law.
 
The contentious triple talaq bill was passed by the Lok Sabha for the second time in less than a year after a heated debate Thursday.”I appreciate the maturity of the Rajya Sabha and also the sensitivity of the issue. We believe that we will get support in the Rajya Sabha,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters during a Cabinet briefing.
 
Prasad noted when women file for divorce against their husbands, they at times also slap a case of cruelty which, he added, is a criminal case.”It was also said that this does not happen in other religions. But the fact is that the practice of triple talaq is not in any other religion,” he said.
The Lok Sabha Thursday passed the bill with 245 voting in its favour and 11 opposing the legislation. Most opposition parties staged a walkout. It is important to note even after effecting whip the support of Bill stood at 245 votes ., forget the allies of NDA but  BJP alone has 267 MPs as on date.  
 
 
Though the NDA is way short of the half-way mark of 123 in the 245-member House, it had emerged victorious in the election of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, with its nominee Harivansh of the Janata Dal (United) bagging 125 votes against 101 polled by the Opposition-backed Congress member B K Hariprasad is also a point of confidence by Ruling benches .
 
The government thus has expressed hope that the bill, which criminalises the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men, will find support in the Rajya Sabha, whose approval is necessary for the bill to become the law.
 
The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha for the second time in less than a year after a heated debate on Thursday.According to the sources, opposition parties have held discussions on raising the demand for referring the bill to the Select Committee on Monday when it is likely to come up for consideration in the Upper House.
 
The sources said all Congress members in the Rajya Sabha would also meet in Parliament on Monday morning, ahead of the start of house proceedings, to evolve its strategy on the issue.
 
CPI member D Raja said the Opposition has the numbers and would press for referring the bill to the Select Committee.
 
“Opposition parties are asking for referring the triple talaq bill to the Select Committee for further scrutiny when the bill comes up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha on Monday,” Raja told PTI.
 
He alleged that the government wants to use the bill for political purposes.”They are not genuinely interested in gender equality and gender justice,” Raja alleged.
 
Another leader claimed that opposition parties are united in referring the bill to the Select Committee as the proposed legislation needs to be examined properly.
 
Opposition leaders inclusive of ADMK who are not in UPA but who supported NDA in the election of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman claimed they would not allow the passage of the bill in any case. A walk out by Non Supporters of UPA and NDA will eventulay blow death bill to the bill 
 
The government to also rigid in this stance and had not agreed to the opposition demand for sending the earlier bill to the Select Committee, when it was brought before the house in the Monsoon session of Parliament.
 
The outcome of passage of BILL in rajya sabha happens then surely t will be a boast for Modi led government but if the bill plays the music as per opposition voice then it bounds to send a terrible setback message to BJP government

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