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Triple talaq Bill deferred to next session of Parliament

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha on Friday deferred the controversial triple talaq Bill to the next session of Parliament due to lack of consensus among political parties on the issue.
Informing the House just ahead of the Private Members Business in the afternoon session, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said: “Triple talaq Bill will not be taken up today because no consensus could be built around it.”
Today is the last day of the monsoon session of Parliament.
Meanwhile, speculations are that the Narendra Modi government may take the ordinance route to enact the legislation that sets aside the age-old practice of instant divorce prevailing in the Muslim community.
Though, according to sources, bringing the Bill in the Winter Session just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections would “suit the BJP better”. “The interim time BJP leaders can use to remind people of obstructions put by the Opposition parties in the road to the important legislation just like they had in the case of the SC/ST Bill,” the sources said.
Notably, the decision came after several rounds of meetings, including between BJP chief Amit Shah and senior ministers.
The sources also said that the Opposition demanded a JPC on the Rafale deal in lieu of support for the triple talaq Bill, which the government did not find acceptable.
This even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quite keen to get the politically critical Bill cleared ahead of his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the Independence Day, the sources added.

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