RS adjourned as Oppn demands voting on triple talaq motion


Agencies, New Delhi Heated exchanges between the Treasury and Opposition benches for the second day on Thursday in the Rajya Sabha on the motion to refer the Triple Talaq Bill to a select committee led to abrupt adjournment of the House for the day. As soon as Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien called for taking up the GST amendment Bill, several Congress, Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party members were on their feet demanding his ruling on the division sought by them on the issue. Amid these demands, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad sought to clarify that his party was opposed to triple talaq but the Bill brought by the Government would hurt the interests of the Muslim women, whom it claimed to be a big supporter. To this, Leader of House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley objected saying that to submit a motion, 24-hour advance notice was required and secondly, it was not a representative and did not mention government MPs. Quoting the rules, he said ‘’a saboteur of the Bill cannot be part of the panel’’ to objections from several Opposition members. At this, the chair gave his ruling saying that yesterday he had informed the House that the two amendments moved by Anand Sharma of the Congress and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of the All India Trinamool Congress had been admitted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. ‘’The Chairman has admitted it is a valid motion. The motion has been moved. Mr Jaitley’s points may be valid but I can’t do anything,’’ he added.‘’According to me it is an admitted resolution,’’ he said. Once a motion was moved, it became the property of the House, the chair said. It was the prerogative of the Government to list the business, but they had done it differently today, he pointed out. As Mr Roy continued to raise objections, the chair called out to Dr T Subbirami Reddy to take up the GST Bill but adjourned the House for the day after four Trinamool members entered the House and the House raised an uproar.