Triple Talaq: Congress doing injustice to Muslim women by opposing bill, says BJP’s Ananth Kumar

Ananth Kumar, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, accused the Congress of doing injustice to the Muslim women by creating hurdles in the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill. The bill stands to be one of the most awaited and controversial decisions ever taken by the Supreme Court, wherein the latter declared the pronouncement of talaq by a person to his wife, through any medium, null and illegal.

Passed in the Lok Sabha after rejecting a resolution moved by Revolutionary Socialist Party member NK Premachandran, the bill confers a jail term of upto three years to any person practicing instant triple talaq. Due to Congress’s constant insistence that its resolution to refer the bill to a standing committee be voted on, the bill’s passage in the current winter session of the upper house became difficult.

In reaction to this demand, Ananth Kumar said, “Every day they bring a new excuse and their demand to refer the bill to the Select Committee is just a trick to misguide all.”

As the winter session of the Rajya Sabha ends on Friday, January 5, the bill is now pushed to the budget session, which begins in less than a month.

Rajya Sabha adjourned amidst tabling of Triple Talaq Bill

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 for discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha today, but with the opposition creating an uproar and the BJP countering it vociferously, the house was adjourned finally after a noisy session. The bill is currently awaiting its passage in Rajya Sabha for its final approval, is proving to be a difficult task for BJP as it does not have the strong numbers as compared to Rajya Sabha. The opposition however, opposed the move stating that the government instead of rushing the bill should take view of other stakeholders, and hence refer the bill to a select Committee.

The minister asked the Congress to come clean on its stand in the Rajya Sabha, since it had passed the bill in Lok Sabha just a few days earlier. The Congress however moved a resolution regarding formation of a select committee. However, the leader of the house, Arun Jaitley objected to the procedure under Rule 70(sub rule 2a) of the house, as the bill did not originate from Rajya Sabha, nor any previous notice was given for the same.

Amidst the implosion of words, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for the day, without giving any ruling on the validity of the opposition’s demand.

Sources: Economic Times, The Indian Express

 

AAP denies Rajya Sabha ticket to Kumar Vishwas

One of the most visible faces of Aam Aadmi Party, Kumar Vishwas was ignored by his party for upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The AAP, which enjoys an absolute majority in Delhi Assembly, by having 67 members in 70 member’s assembly, is all set to win three seats comfortably. Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta were nominated by the party for the elections.

Soon after the announcement, Vishwas took a dig at the party chief Arvind Kejriwal by stating that he has been denied the ticket only because he had openly stated his views honestly on contentious issues like ticket distribution, insult of some AAP members, and other matters like the protest in JNU or about the surgical strike by Indian soldiers. He accused the party convenor of dominating heterogeneous views, and stated that everything happens in the party only if Kejriwal agrees to it.He also opined that it is not possible for oneself to be in the AAP if he disagrees with Arvind Kejriwal on any issue.

In a sarcastic tone, he congratulated Kejriwal on his martyrdom and stated that he was told that he will killed politically and yet won’t be allowed to become a martyr by Kejriwal a while back.

Vishwas also did not attend the meeting of PAC (Political Affairs Committee) of which he is a member.

Sources: Rediff, The Indian Express

 

SC quashes Congress plea to disallow NOTA to three RS seats in Gujarat

Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar decided to freeze Congress’ plea to abolish None of the Above (NOTA) from the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. NOTA will continue to feature as an option on the ballot paper, which was introduced by Election Commission (EC) in 2014.

Senior advocate, Kapil Sabil, argued that NOTA will foment to be a recipe for corruption, and it was the court’s responsibility to stop the rot at the stems. He raised the concern that MLAs might cross vote once again, throwing party directives to thin air or invalidate their vote by exercising NOTA.

Closely observing Sibal’s apprehensions, Justice Roy asked Sibal whether Congress is already forecasting a defeat.

The bench also argued that NOTA has been in place since Jan 26, 2014 and it didn’t understand why Congress is filing a petition at the 11th hour.

Although the BJP has supported Congress’ claims regarding NOTA, they have maintained a strategic silence in SC on the issue.

Rajya Sabha elections are due on August 8, with ten seats up for grabs; one from Madhya Pradesh, three from Gujarat, and six from West Bengal.

SOURCES: THE HINDU, TOI

IMAGE CAPTION: ELECTION COMMISSION

Goa BJP Chief Vinay Tendulkar triumphs in Rajya Sabha polls

Goa state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar emerged victorious on Friday by winning the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state. The polling and the counting were held on the same day. This is the first time that the BJP has its representatives in the three seats in parliament, two in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha as reported by Business Standard.

“I am happy with the support received from my party legislators along with our alliance partners. I aim to work for the progress of the state. With this win, the party completes its election circle with representatives at the level of panchayats to both the houses of parliament.” Tendulkar said.

The Deccan Herald mentioned that Tendulkar won by a six vote margin and secured 22 votes. He contested the elections against seating Congress MP Shantaram Naik, who secured 16 votes.  Naik was looking forward to a third term in the Rajya Sabha. The strength of the state legislative assembly is 38 at present due to resignations from two MLAs earlier this year. Tendulkar managed to secure 12 votes from his party, ten votes from the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party, Goa Forward Party, NCP and Independents.

“The Congress party appealed to attract secular votes from the BJP allies, but as per the results we see that no ally responded to the appeal”, Chandrakant Kavlekar, Leader of Opposition, told reporters.

BSP supremo Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati has resigned from the Rajya Sabha after she was not allowed to speak on atrocities towards Dalits and other minorities. Mayawati had threatened about the decision just hours before handing her resignation letter.

“I was speaking about the atrocities against Dalits since I belong to that community. But treasury benches did not allow me to speak about that. How can I continue in such an environment?”, Mayawati quoted as she handed over her resignation letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking on the recent anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, Mayawati was asked by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to stop her speech when she exceeded the three-minute time limit. Angered by this, Mayawati blamed PJ Kurien for asking her to ‘sit down’ instead of asking the ruling party MPs who were interrupting her. Following which she threatened to resign and ultimately did so.

In her letter, Mayawati said that her reason was similar to that of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, when he resigned from the Nehru cabinet in 1951 over differences on Hindu Code Bill.

The BJP however, dismissed the resignation letter, with senior Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri claiming it as a desperate move to grab attention and support. The decision to accept the resignation lies with the Chairman and states that the letter should be brief and not have any reason of resignation, which Mayawati’s does not comply with.

 

Sources-

  1. Times of India-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/not-allowed-to-speak-on-anti-dalit-violence-mayawati-resigns-from-rajya-sabha/articleshow/59649861.cms

2. Mumbai Mirror-http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/mayawati-quits-rajya-sabha-political-leaders-say-she-should-have-found-a-stronger-reason-to-quit/articleshow/59652979.cms

 

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Elections for Vice President to be held on August 5

In a press conference, the Election Commission announced that August 5, 2017, will hold elections for Vice President. The results will be announced on the same day. July 18 has been set as the deadline for the contestants to file nominations, while July 21 is the last date for the withdrawal of candidatures.

Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner addressed the press and delivered this announcement. He said, “An election to fill the vacancy to be caused by the expiration of the term of office of the outgoing Vice-President needs to be completed before the expiration of the term of the present incumbent.”

The tenure of current Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari is going to end on August 10. The electoral college comprising members of both the houses of Parliament, along with the nominated members of the Rajya Sabha, elect the Vice-President through the system of proportional representation. As of now, the electoral college has 790 members in total with 245 Rajya Sabha MPs and 545 Lok Sabha MPs. The voters are required to cast their votes with special pens. Using any other pen renders the vote invalid.

The major eligibility criteria for the post of Vice-President requires a candidate to be a citizen of India, atleast 35-years or above and should be qualified to become a member of the Rajya Sabha.

 

Sources: The Indian Express, The Hindu