On Thursday, the deadlock on the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha continued with the government rejecting the opposition's insistence on sending the bill to a Select Committee for detailed scrutiny.
The passage of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, popularly known as the Triple talaq Bill, will be delayed at least till the Budget Session of Parliament as the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die on Friday without taking a decision on the legislation.
He further said the first part of budget session would be held from January 29 to February 9 and the budget would be presented on February 1, adding, "The second part is to be held from March 5 to April 6".
Countering Congress for not following the parliamentary procedures, Jaitley said the whole country "is watching that in the other House you supported the Bill and here you are trying to derail it". We hope the Congress will understand the public opinion on the issue, reconsider their stand and pass it in the Budget Session. Congress' 57, AIADMK's 13 and Trinamool's 12 MPs in Rajya Sabha have already put the bill in the logjam.More news: Avalanche in India leaves 11 dead
The opposition parties like Congress, Trinamool, though not opposing the bill, demanded the central government to send it to the Select Committee for review.
The bill, which has divided political parties and drawn criticism from several Muslim bodies, was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28.
"They are not thinking about ensuring justice to the Muslim sisters". There are also concerns that if the law is passed, it could be misused as it gives anyone the right to complain to the Police about the "triple talaq" to register a case and arrest a man.
"The question is why did the Congress-led opposition running away from discussion on triple talaq in the House.The double standard of the Congress-led opposition are exposed today", she told reporters here.