Both the bills were passed in Lok Sabha and sent to Rajya Sabha. With the general elections around the corner, the bills will have to clear Lok Sabha again once a new Lower House is elected.
New Delhi: As the government makes a final effort to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Triple Talaq Bill, the crucial session of the Rajya Sabha will seal their fate on Wednesday. The bills, which have been facing strong resistance from the Opposition and some of BJP’s own allies, may lapse if the Upper House does not pass them on the last day of the Budget session.
According to the Rajya Sabha Legislative Procedure, a bill pending in the Upper House which has not been passed by Lok Sabha does not lapse on the dissolution of the Lower House. But a bill which is passed by Lok Sabha and is pending in Rajya Sabha lapses on the dissolution of Lok Sabha.
Both the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 were introduced in Lok Sabha, passed and sent to Rajya Sabha. With the general elections around the corner, the bills will have to clear Lok Sabha again once a new Lower House is elected.
Besides the two, the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Performance Audit on ‘Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force’, is also listed to be tabled. The report is likely to have the CAG’s findings on the Rafale deal, which has been the bone of contention between the Congress and the ruling BJP government.
The report is expected to have the CAG’s findings on the Rafale deal over which the Congress and other Opposition parties have locked horns with the BJP-led government.
The bills have generated much heat inside and outside Parliament with the saffron party’s own allies creating hurdles in the passage. While BJP’s bickering ally Shiv Sena joined the Congress’s chorus for a JPC probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal, its ally in Bihar, JD(U), said that if the triple talaq bill comes up for passing in the Rajya Sabha it would vote against the government.
The Janata Dal (United) is also set to vote against the controversial Citizenship Bill, which has seen violence and widespread protests in Assam and other states of the North-East.
Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika’s son, Tez, has also hit out at Centre for invoking his father’s name and words and keeping plans “afoot to pass the painfully unpopular Citizenship (Amendment) Bill”. Hazarika was awarded the Bharat Ratna — the country’s highest civilian award — posthumously by the Modi government last month.
While an ordinance is currently in force outlawing triple talaq, the government has the option of repromulgation if the bill is not passed this session. The Congress has already said it would scrap the bill if it is voted to power.