Modi govt may extend Parliament session to pass Triple Talaq, other bills

Triple Talaq Bill: The Union government may extend the ongoing session of Parliament to pass some important legislation including a bill to replace an ordinance to ban instant oral divorce practiced by a section of Muslims in the country. A law to ban Triple Talaq is Prime Minister Narendra Modis favourite social reform agenda which he could not implement during his first tenure. After winning the Lok Sabha election with an absolute majority in May this year, Prime Minister Modis government did not waste time and introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha within days of start of the session. However, given the lack of numbers in the Rajya Sabha, the government did not take up the bill for debate and passage in the Lok Sabha where it has an absolute majority. Now, with just two sittings of this session left, the government may decide to extend the session to push through its important legislative agenda. A meeting of CCPA may be convened on Thursday to take a call on extending the Parliament session, Earlier the government had not listed Triple Talaq Bill in its legislative business in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. However, in the revised list of business published on late night, the Triple Talaq Bill has been mentioned for discussion and passage on Thursday, just a day before the last day of ongoing session. ALSO READ: More than two-third loan requests approved under Modi govt The government will have to pass the concerned bills in Parliament otherwise these ordinances will lapse, Modi government has an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha to pass the Triple Talaq Bill. However, in the Rajya Sabha it does not have the numbers to pass the bill on its own and will need the support of NDA allies and other non-NDA parties to see it through. But the job of NDA floor managers in the Rajya Sabha has become complicated as its ally Janata Dal-United has refused to dilute its opposition to the bill in its present form. ALSO READ: Opposition attacks Modi govt\u2019s new labour law, calls it a fraud on workers