Triple Talaq row: AIAMDK refuses to agree, joins Opposition’s resolution against proposed bill in RS

New Delhi: Joining the opposition parties on Triple Talaq row, AIAMDK party which has rarely opposed NDA in parliament have signed a resolution seeking to send the Triple Talaq bill to a joint select committee.

The government shall bring the legislation for debate and passage in Upper House next week.

The resolution will be brought in Rajya Sabha next week. Despite opposition parties walking out on voting for the Triple Talaq bill, it was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

But in the Upper House, the NDA party is in majority. This can still turn the tables for the saffron party.

The opposition can use its strength in upper house to send the bill for joint select committee as opposed by NDA in lower house.

“Floor leaders of all Opposition parties have already signed the resolution. In the 244-seat-strong Rajya Sabha we have an effective strength of 116 MPs. This time, the AIADMK is also supporting us,” said Trinamool Congress chief whip Derek O’Brien.

The AIADMK’s senior MP Anwhar Raajhaa argued the proposed legislation is against the Sharia Law and yet refused to support NDA on this bill in Lok Sabha.

This could be the first time when AIADMK will be opposing NDA’s legislation if it decides to stick to its refusal to support the proposed act.
Meanwhile, a senior Congress member said that the transgender bill, too, should be sent to a select committee for proper parliamentary review.

Earlier this week a Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha that corrected the definition of transgender, but omitted the crucial right to self-identify one’s gender and reservations for the community.

“How can the government go on passing bills without proper scrutiny of the parliamentary committees? Both bills must go to joint select committees,” said the Congress leader who does not want to be named.

The ruling NDA government is striving to push as many bills as possible during this session before the nation can go on for General elections.