New Delhi, February 19: Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that government has re-issued an ordinance on triple Talaq bill as it failed to clear the parliament in the last session before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due in May and June. The Triple Talaq bill on December 27 last year was passed in Lok Sabha with 245 votes in favour and 11 against. However, as the Triple talaq bill faced resistance in the Rajya Sabha and couldn't pass there. Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress Will Scrap Triple Talaq Bill if Voted to Power, Says Sushmita Dev.
The need to reissue a fresh ordinance comes up as a bill to convert the ordinance into law is pending in Rajya Sabha where the opposition has been resisting its entrance. An ordinance has a life of 6 months, from the day session begins, it has to be replaced by a bill that should be passed in Parliament within six weeks (42 days ), or else it lapses.
If the law passes, giving on-the-spot triple talaq, also known as talaq-e-biddat, will be illegal and can lead to prison of three years for the spouse. The Indian National Congress (INC) and other oppositions have said they will strike down the proposed law if they come to power after general elections. The Congress also opposed the stringent provisions like prison term for those convicted under the law.