PM Modi on Tuesday hit out at the Congress party over their Opposition to the Triple Talaq Bill in his reply to President Kovind's Motion of Thanks in the Lok Sabha.
Addressing the Lower House, PM Modi asked the Congress to support the Triple Talaq Bill. Reminding the Congress about the issues of women empowerment, he said that if Congress support the Triple Talaq, it can make up for two "missed opportunities" in the past naming them to be "Uniform Civil Code" and "Shah Bano judgement".
"Congress has missed two opportunities on the issue of women empowerment. They first missed in 1950s when the Uniform Civil Code was being debated and then after 35 years when Shah Bano case came up. Now is the third chance when they can support Triple Talaq Bill," PM Modi said.
Talking about the famous Shah Bano Begum, case, PM Modi pointed out the negligence of Congress leaders, who had once again missed an opportunity to reform laws related to women.
"In an interview, Congress leaders had said that the Muslims were not the responsibility of the Congress and that if they wanted to lie in the gutter, they can remain there," said PM Modi, recalling the words following which members of the Opposition created an uproar in the House, demanding proof for what PM Modi had just said. Responding to Opposition's reaction, Modi said "I will send a YouTube link" on the same.
With the aim to abolish practices like Triple Talaq and Nikkah-Halala, PM Modi said that the government has introduced bills to abolish such practices and requested the Congress to join them in successfully passing these bills instead of missing out on another opportunity. He said that the passage of these bills will be significant this year as it is the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
In his address to both the houses of the Parliament in the Central Hall on June 20, President Ram Nath Kovind urged all the members to cooperate in these efforts to make the lives of women "better and dignified".
"The government's thinking promotes not only women's development but also women-led development. According the highest priority to women's security, several effective steps have been initiated with the cooperation of the states," he said.
The Triple Talaq Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha earlier this week amid objections at the introduction of the bill from the Opposition including Congress and AIMIM. After a brief discussion, the motion for tabling the bill was put to vote. As many as 186 members voted for the introduction of the Bill and 74 against.
(With agency inputs)