New Delhi: The Congress has alleged that the Centre is using instant triple talaq as a ‘political football’ to score credits, said media reports on Wednesday. The attack came after the Cabinet approved an ordinance banning instant triple talaq. Under the proposed ordinance, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the man.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the Centre has been using the issue to garner votes. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP have become habitual offenders of using the issue of instant triple talaq as a political football for vote garnering rather than ensuring the welfare and subsistence of Muslim women. Even today, the Modi Government and Law Minister have indulged in mere vilification and blame game without releasing the proposed ordinance or listing out the solutions or concerns raised by Muslim women on the subsistence for themselves as also the children bore out of the marriage,” he alleged.

Calling Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad ‘the master of Deception & Abuse’, Surjewala said, “Subterfuge, Subversion, Suppression and Diversion of Truth has become the DNA of Modi government and BJP. The perpetually misleading Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has now become the master of ‘Deception and Abuse’ when it comes to hurling lies and allegations against the Congress party on every issue in an irrelevant and incoherent manner. An unnerved BJP finding itself cornered on the issue of repeated and gruesome rape incidents, as also issues of women security seeking to divert and reset the political agenda by hurriedly bringing an ordinance on instant triple talaq.”

He claimed that PM Modi and the BJP had earlier also attempted to “fool people on a number of issues like Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, Armed Forces Special Powers Act etc.”

He said, “We were the first political party to state that in the modern day changing times; instant triple talaq is an unsustainable practice. We not only welcomed the Supreme Court judgement quashing the instant triple talaq as a victory for the rights of Muslim women but it was Congress leaders who represented the women petitioners before the Supreme Court,” he said. He added that the focus should be to ensure subsistence allowance and welfare and dignity of Muslim women and children and not on the ‘fake credit seeking by Modi government’.

Claiming that the subsistence allowance has not been defined in the proposed legislation or in the Ordinance, he questioned the PM and the Law Minister over the same. “What is the definition of ‘Subsistence Allowance’ for Muslim women and children?” he asked.