New Delhi, Jan 4: The Congress today alleged that the BJP government has neither the policy nor the intention to get the contentious triple talaq bill passed in Parliament, and also accused it of running away from a debate on the matter.
The bill, which has divided political parties and drawn criticism from several Muslim bodies, was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28. It now has to be passed by the Rajya Sabha to become a law.
But the Congress, which supported the bill in the Lok Sabha, wants certain changes to the bill – such as making provisions for providing financial aid to Muslim women divorced through instant triple talaq – before supporting its passage in the upper House.
It accused the ruling BJP of practicing a policy that disturbs communal harmony and alleged that violence against Dalits has risen in all states where the BJP was in power.
Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said even parties like the TDP and the BJD, which have stood with the BJP, were with the opposition on the issue. Even “independent” parties like the INLD have distanced themselves from the BJP, he added.
“The BJP has neither the policy nor the intention to get the triple talaq bill passed in Parliament,” he told reporters.
Tiwari alleged that it was the BJP’s policy to “divide the society” and the ruling party was running away from a debate on the matter.
He said as per the traditions of the Rajya Sabha, any motion that has been taken up and if the House was adjourned the next day it is taken up.