Sonebhadra (UP): Proving right the allegations that the Modi government has raked the 'triple talaq' issue for political mileage and all talks of 'gender equality' and 'justice for Muslim women' are mere divertive tactics, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Tuesday directed the party cadres to make the Muslim personal law a poll issue.
According to PTI, Amit Shah while flagging off the third 'Parivartan yatra' from Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh said, "There is another question to which people of Uttar Pradesh will have to give their verdict (in the coming Assembly polls).
"Should women in the country not get equal rights? SP, BSP and Congress will not speak on (triple talaq) but we do not have any fear. I want to say from this platform that in the coming polls, besides development and eradication of goondas, respect of women should be made a poll issue."
He also asked the three parties to submit their affidavit on whether they back 'triple talaq' or not.
Asking whether the Centre's stand before the Supreme Court upholding the dignity and honour of the women and doing away with the triple talaq should have been taken or not, Shah said every single party worker will make women aware that Modi government is committed for their development, honour and rights.
Slamming Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Shah alleged that with his stand on the surgical strike, he has made a mockery of the bravery and sacrifice of army jawans.
"People of the country are proud of the army and the will power of Narendra Modi for carrying out surgical strikes in Pakistani soil and saving the borders," he added.
A fierce debate is on across India over the validity of 'triple talaq' even as the issue is in the Supreme Court.
While the Muslim community is divided over 'triple talaq' they are unanimous that the issue should be handled within the community, and any interference by the court or the government is against the constitution.