At the BJP Parliamentary Party meet held in Delhi on Wednesday morning, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley accused the Congress of “double standards” in its stand on the triple talaq bill, which seeks to criminalise instant talaq.
“The Congress is showing double standards. It is trying to stall the bill in the Rajya Sabha after supporting it in the Lok Sabha,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar quoted Jaitley while speaking to reporters after the meeting ended.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were also present in the weekly meeting of BJP MPs.
Ananth Kumar said that the government wanted a debate on the bill, , and its passage with a consensus like the GST bill. He also added that the government was in talks with the Congress and other parties to pass The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha last week.
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot briefed MPs on the bill. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi spoke about the government’s move to do away with requirement of ‘mehram’ (male guardian) for women, who are 45 years of age or older, going for Haj.
The Congress was targeting the government with its “disinformation campaign”, he said.
The government has to depend on the opposition and other non-NDA parties in the Rajya Sabha for passage of its bills as it does not have a majority in the House, unlike the Lok Sabha where it enjoys strong support.
The BJP has showcased the bill as proof of its commitment to empowering backward classes — the proposed commission will enjoy more powers than its existing form.
(With inputs from agencies)