Noting that the Opposition has been pressing for a division of votes during the passage of many Bills, BJP president Amit Shah told party MPs on Tuesday to ensure their presence in Parliament so that draft legislations are backed by maximum number of lawmakers.
During the BJP parliamentary party meeting held earlier on Tuesday, Shah said that all party MPs in Rajya Sabha must remain present during division of vote on the triple talaq bill. The BJP faces a number crunch in Rajya Sabha, where the opposition parties are set to oppose the bill of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government.
The opposition parties, including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, have also directed their MPs to remain present in the House when the triple talaq bill is tabled. Both the Congress and the Trinamool Congress have issued whip to their MPs.
BJP’s ally from Bihar, the Janata Dal United (JDU), has also expressed concerns over the provisions of the triple talaq bill. However, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has declared that it will support the bill in Parliament.
The triple talaq bill, which proposes to criminalise the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men, was passed in the Lok Sabha through voice vote as the BJP-led NDA enjoyed majority on the floor of the House.