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‘Extended’ session may take up instant talaq

Ruling side MPs hinted that the extension, perhaps till August 2, would mean the government giving priority to The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019.

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Jul 22, 2019, 07.32 AM IST
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The intention of the government was amply displayed when it introduced the talaq bill in the Lok Sabha right at the beginning of the first session amid opposition protest.
New Delhi: With the government set to formally extend the budget session by another week at the business advisory committee of both the Houses early this week, there are indications that the ruling side may make a renewed push to get the contentious instant triple talaq bill passed in Parliament. The earlier efforts had hit the opposition roadblock in the Rajya Sabha.

Ruling side MPs hinted that the extension, perhaps till August 2, would mean the government giving priority to The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019.

With BJP inching towards majority in the Rajya Sabha through ‘acquisition’, the renewed push for the bill can gain new dimension.

The government had promulgated an ordinance after the Rajya Sabha blocked the bill in the last session. It is necessary for the government to get the bill passed in the current session.

The intention of the government was amply displayed when it introduced the talaq bill in the Lok Sabha right at the beginning of the first session amid opposition protest.

There is considerable curiosity among leaders whether BJP would, during discussion or otherwise, trigger a debate on the contentious issue of Article 35A, which relates to J&K’s demographic rules. “The likely extension of budget session means the government is keen to pass many bills and everybody knows our government gives a lot of importance to the talaq bill,” a senior BJP MP said.

Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Chowdhury said: “Unfortunately, opposition parties hear about government’s plan to extend the session only through media. The government should formally engage with the opposition in the business advisory committee and bring clarity on it.
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