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30 Opposition MPs absent in Rajya Sabha

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Easy passage for triple talaq Bill

At least 30 of the Opposition members were absent when the Rajya Sabha sat down to vote on the controversial Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2019.

Even with the key NDA allies, JD(U) and AIADMK, opposing the Bill, the Opposition failed to win the vote.

This vote along with the one on the RTI Amendment Bill that the Opposition lost last week has proven that the Rajya Sabha is not going to be a roadblock for any controversial legislation moved by the Narendra Modi government in its second term.

The Opposition had effectively stalled the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha during the Modi government's first term.

In spite of the Opposition’s severe criticism that the Modi government has been using the ordinance route instead of legislating in Parliament for key laws, on Tuesday the government managed to clear all 10 ordinances-related Bills.

These include the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The government got 99 votes against the Opposition’s 84 on the triple talaq legislation. The absenteeism put a question mark on the discipline within the Opposition ranks.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (5) and the Aam Aadmi Party (3) were the only two Opposition parties that had all their members present, sources said.

All the four Bahujan Samaj Party members walked out ahead of the vote bringing down the Opposition numbers

Out of the Samajwadi Party’s 12 members only five were present.

The UPA too was not present in full force. Out of four members of the Nationalist Congress Party, only two were present. The absentees are party chief Sharad Pawar and his key aide Praful Patel.

The other UPA partner RJD also had one member absent.

The Congress itself had four absentees.

All Trinamool members barring K.D. Singh, who is no longer with the party but is yet to resign from the Rajya Sabha, were present.

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