New Delhi: A day after Shiv Sena supported the opposition’s demand in Lok Sabha for a JPC probe into the Rafale issue, another key BJP ally – Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) – on Thursday said it will oppose the Triple Talaq Bill in case voting takes place in the Rajya Sabha.
JD-U Rajya Sabha MP and party’s Bihar unit chief Bashistha Narain Singh said the Bill was unnecessarily “hurried and rushed up.”
“The matter is related to a big community. There should be no hurry in bringing the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha,” he said.
He said the government should have done more consultation with the stakeholders before rushing the Bill.
Asked about his party’s stand in case voting takes place in the Upper House, Singh replied, “We will vote against the government.”
The Opposition is demanding that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, be referred to a select committee of the House.
Both Opposition and government have been accusing each other of doing politics over the issue ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
When the Bill came up in the Rajya Sabha on December 31, the Opposition pressed for voting on whether it should be sent to a select committee of the House. The voting could not take place due to din and subsequent adjournment.
The JD(U)’s stand on the sensitive issue highlights the BJP’s strained relations with its allies since it faced defeat at the hands of Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh recently.
Both Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), who recently flexed their muscles demanding “respectable” seat-share in Bihar in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, have made it clear they will not support the BJP’s temple agenda.
Political observers say the JD(U) cannot afford to support the triple talaq Bill and antagonise 17 per cent of Muslim population in Bihar.