Govt looks to push triple talaq bill in Par­lia­ment, braces for Oppn of­fen­sive

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Saub­hadra Chat­terji

NEW DELHI: Pas­sage of a bill to make in­stant triple talaq il­le­gal and a puni­tive of­fence will be one of the pri­or­i­ties of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) gov­ern­ment in the win­ter ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, in which the Op­po­si­tion is seek­ing to cor­ner it on a range of is­sues – from the Rafale fighter jet deal to the in­ternecine fight in the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI).

The ses­sion starts from Mon­day, but the open­ing day will only see obit­u­ary ref­er­ences to for­mer prime minister Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee and par­lia­men­tary af­fairs minister Ananth Ku­mar. The begin­ning of the ses­sion will also co­in­cide with the count­ing of votes in elec­tions to the Mad­hya Pradesh, Te­lan­gana, Ra­jasthan, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Mi­zo­ram assem­blies. New par­lia­men­tary af­fairs minister Naren­dra Singh To­mar said on Fri­day that the state elec­tion re­sults would have lit­tle im­pact on the win­ter ses­sion. The gov­ern­ment will pri­ori­tise re­plac­ing three or­di­nances, or ex­ec­u­tive or­ders — on triple talaq, Com­pa­nies Act amend­ment and the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia Act amend­ment—with fullfledged laws, of­fi­cials said.

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