March 9, 2021 | 1:46 AM IST
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Nitish Kumar to oppose instant triple talaq in Rajya Sabha

A day after the union cabinet cleared a fresh bill to banish the practice of instant triple talaq on Wednesday; Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and BJP ally Janata Dal- United (JD-U) said it will not support it in the Rajya Sabha. 

Senior party leader and Bihar minister Shyam Razak said, “JD-U is opposed to it and will continue to stand against it. It is a social issue and should be resolved by the society at the social level.” He accepted that JD-U had voted against the triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha. 

The fresh bill will be introduced in the budget session of Parliament commencing coming Monday. It will replace an ordinance issued in February by the BJP-led NDA government. The bill was pending in Rajya Sabha and had lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha and hence, could not be converted into Acts of Parliament. 

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the proposed legislation is based on gender equality and is part of the government’s philosophy of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’. 

The Modi government is giving a fresh push to these proposed laws in the newly-constituted Lok Sabha and the ordinances will have to be converted into Acts with 45 days else they will lapse once again.

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