New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was on Thursday adjourned till 11:00 am Friday after uproar over triple talaq with government and opposition both claiming to fighting for empowerment of Muslim women.
It is the second concecutive day when the Upper House of India's Parliamnt was adjourned because of stalement over Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill - popularly known as the Triple Talaq bill.
The bill to criminalize instant triple talaq was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, but the united opposition led by Congress and the BJP indulged in a slugfest over the bill leading to adjournment of the House yesterday.
While the government wanted a debate on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, the opposition wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee for scrutiny.
The ruling BJP found itself in troubled water after its ally TDP and friends AIAMK and Biju Janata Dal too joined the opposition chorus to send the triple talaq bill to the Select Committee.
As the day's proceedings began in Rajys Sabha today morning there was uproar in the House over attacks on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon.
Later in the afternoon at around 05:15 pm, the Rajya Sabha took up the triple talaq bill following which the House saw a heated debate, especially beween TMC MP Derek O Brien and Union Minister Smriti Irani.
"Its clear that this side(opposition) wants to empower women, and you (government) stand exposed", Derek O Brien said.
To this, Smriti Irani replied, “Absolutely not, if you seriously want to empower women then have a discussion now.”
Earlier, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the amendment motion brought by Congress MPs Anand Sharma and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy on Wednesday were not as per the rules and hence should be rejected.
Opposition MPs protested and recalled the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien's words that the motions were valid.
The house was adjourned till Friday as the stalement in the House continued unabated.
"Unless there is a consensus in the house, cannot take up the triple talaq bill. I will have to go by the list of legislative business. So the GST Bill will be taken up,” Kurien said.
Tomorrow i.e. Friday is the last day of the Parliament's Winter Session.