We Will Oppose Triple Talaq Passage In Present Form In The Rajya Sabha: Congress Leader

| December 29 , 2018 , 19:18 IST

The Congress will not let the triple talaq Bill pass in its present form in the Rajya Sabha, said K.C. Venugopal, All India Congress Committee general secretary in Kochi on Saturday.

The Congress leader’s statement came two days after the contentious bill criminalizing instant divorce by Muslim men was passed by Lok Sabha after a heated debate on Thursday.

He also said 10 opposition parties had come out openly against the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 when it was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

Even the parties, including AIADMK which supports the government on various issues and the Trinamool Congress, have come out openly against the bill, said Venugopal who is also a Congress floor strategist.

The party would join hands with those parties with which it can ally with to defeat the bill in the present form.

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"That is the reason why the government brought the ordinance and re-introduced the bill again in the Lok Sabha. But the Congress will oppose its passage in the present form in the Rajya Sabha," he said.

The Congress earlier accused the NDA government of getting the triple talaq bill passed in haste in the Lok Sabha keeping in mind the 2019 general elections.

The bill was passed by the Lower House with 245 voting in favour and 11 opposing the legislation. It would now go to the Rajya Sabha for passage and if passed would become the law.