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Triple talaq Bill in next Parlt session

06 January 2018

After a recess, Parliament will meet again from March 5 to April 6, Kumar said.

As the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the opposition over the triple talaq bill, Union minister Smriti Zubin Irani said the development exposed the "double standard" of the Congress-led opposition, and wondered why they were running away from a discussion on the bill in the House.

The triple talaq bill, which criminalizes the practice of instant divorce among Muslims, was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which makes instant triple talaq a cognizable offence punishable with three years in jail. However, both the Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress suffered from a sudden change of mind once the self-same Bill came before the Rajya Sabha for passage.

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Countering Congress for not following the parliamentary procedures, Jaitley said the whole country "is watching that in the other House you supported the Bill and here you are trying to derail it". "They are doing injustice the same way they did in the Shah-Bano case", Kumar told reporters here in Parliament.

If the Bill gets a green signal in the upper house as well, it will be forwarded to the President for signing it into a law. However, the government is "committed to passing the law and empower our Muslim sisters", said the parliamentary affairs minister.

The bill, which has divided political parties and drawn criticism from several Muslim bodies, was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28. It had, however, said it might be open to accepting some of the amendments to the bill, as suggested by the Opposition.

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When the Budget Session starts on January 29, the motion, which was moved by Congress leader Anand Sharma against a provision in the bill, will be taken up for consideration.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the government was left isolated.

New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament will commence January 29 and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs recommended Friday.

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Triple talaq Bill in next Parlt session