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Opposition parties to hold meeting in Rajya Sabha


New Delhi, Dec 28

What are the chances of BJP-led NDA's high-on-priority Triple Talaq Bill making it through Parliament this Winter Session?
Quite difficult if stance adopted by opposition parties such as the Congress, the AIADMK and the TMC in the Lok Sabha yesterday, their individual political compulsions in mind the 2019 and the current standing of various parties in the Rajya Sabha is taken into consideration.
Trinamool Congress leader Derek O' Brien today claimed the support of 116 MPs plus 13 of the AIADMK in the 244-member Upper House.
Claiming unity in demand to send the contentious Bill to a joint select committee, he said the opposition parties would hold an informal meeting on strategy in the House on Monday.
Numbers are clearly stacked in favour of the Opposition in the Upper House, O' Brien said.
They include the Congress (50), the TMC (13), the Samajwadi Party (13), the BSP (4), the RJD (5), the AAP (3), the JD(S), the DMK(4), the Kerala Mani Congress (1) , the TDP (6), the CPM(5) and CPI(2) and also some Independents apart from 13 members of the AIADMK, which yesterday opposed the Bill in the Lok Sabha despite being perceived as favourable towards the BJP.
The NCP's four members are also expected to support the move to send the Bill to the joint select committee.
“We are not arguing about merits of the Bill, it is about the process. Parliamentary legislation process must allow for scrutiny. The government cannot keep bulldozing Bills in Lok Sabha,” O' Brien said, accusing the Narendra Modi government of just doing “event management in the Lower House”.
The TMC leader said all controversial Bills, including on trans-genders, trafficking and triple talaq, have to be referred to parliamentary committee and a resolution for the same can be moved by any member under Rule 125.
“All institutions in this country are being destroyed, including parliamentary procedures and legislation. The Cabinet does not exist. The CBI and the RBI have become a joke. This is not some 800 square feet jewellery shop in Ahmedabad where only two people will decide about the window display. This is Parliament of ,” said O' Brien stressing that it was not about being for or against the Bill.
In contrast, the BJP has 73 members in the House apart from those of allies Shiv Sena (3), the Akali Dal(3), the JD(U) (6), RPI(A) (1) and a couple of more.
The government is hopeful that AAP's three members may support it given its “positive response” after the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday.
Meanwhile, the two sides are also trying to convince the fence sitters-the BJD (9), the TRS(6) and the YSR Congress(2)
With just about six more days left for legislation' agenda in the Winter Session, it remains to be seen how the BJP's floor managers control the situation in the Upper House.
Senior BJP leaders are hopeful of the amended Bill getting the Rajya Sabha clearance.
“We have passed the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha and we will get it passed in the Rajya Sabha too. We will see who opposes it there,” BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said after the Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha yesterday.

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