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Congress showing double standards on triple talaq bill: Jaitley

Congress showing double standards on triple talaq bill, trying to stall bill in RS: Jaitley

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley | PTI Photo

S enior leader on Wednesday accused the Congress of "double standards" in its stand on the triple talaq bill, saying it was trying to stall the bill in the Rajya Sabha after supporting it in the Lok Sabha. Addressing the Parliamentary Party, the Union finance minister also said the government wanted a debate on the bill, which criminalises instant talaq, and its passage with a consensus like the GST bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters. "The Congress is showing double standards.

It is trying to stall the bill in the Rajya Sabha after supporting it in the Lok Sabha," Kumar quoted Jaitley as saying. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief Amit Shah were also present in the weekly meeting of MPs. 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. Kumar said the government has been talking to the Congress and other parties to pass the The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week. He added that a bill, which envisages constitutional status for the OBC Commission, will come up in the Lok Sabha again after the opposition forced amendments in the Rajya Sabha in the last session. The has showcased the bill as proof of its commitment to empowering backward classes -- the proposed commission will enjoy more powers than its existing form. 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.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 12:54 IST