New Delhi, January 9: On the last day of extended Winter Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government will try to pass three contentious Bills in Rajya Sabha where the BJP-led NDA lacks a majority. The three legislations are the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019, Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 and Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017. The opposition parties are adamant on sending all three Bills to the select committee. Catch live updates on proceedings of Rajya Sabha here.
If passed, Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 will pave way for 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections of upper castes in government service and higher educational institutions. The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha yesterday with 323 members voting in its favour and only three voting against it. The Citizenship Amendment Bill will grant citizenship to minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan after six years of residence in India. The legislation was passed by the lower house on Tuesday. Citizenship Bill Divides NDA, Shiv Sena, JD(U) to Vote Against Amendment.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, popularly known as Triple Talaq Bill, criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq with a provision of 3 years' imprisonment to the husband. The Triple Talaq Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 27 last year with 245 votes in favour and 11 against the Bill. The opposition parties want the Bill to be sent to the Select Committee of Parliament for further vetting, a demand rejected by the Centre. Mayawati Slams Modi Govt Over 10 Per Cent Upper Caste Reservation.
The UPA has 112 members, including 50 MPs of the Congress, in Rajya Sabha, which currently has a strength of 244. The NDA has a strength of 93, including 73 lawmakers of the BJP. The NDA is way short of the half-way mark of 123. The remaining 39 members of other parties are unattached to either NDA or UPA and are likely to play an important role in the passage of these three contentious legislations.