An irate Smriti Irani tore into the Congress-led Opposition on Thursday over their 'double standards' with regards to the stalling of the Triple Talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Speaking to media after the Upper House was adjourned as no agreement could be reached on taking the Triple Talaq bill forward, the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said,
"It is a shame upon them. In the guise of wanting to better the bill, they're trying to stall justice for Muslim women across the country."
Earlier, in the house, Irani and the TMC's Derek O'Brien had engaged in a heated debate. Shortly afterwards, the deputy chairman had to adjourn the house citing how no agreement could be reached.
The government has repeatedly highlighted how the Congress and other opposition parties allowed the bill to pass in the Lok Sabha but opposed it just days later in the Rajya Sabha.
"The double standards of the Congress-led Opposition have been exposed today and I think it's a shame on them that they're trying to obstruct this path of justice for Indian women."
She took exception to the fact that the Congress wasn't willing to discuss the bill and was instead putting all its energies into sending it to a parliamentary committee -- a delaying tactic -- as the BJP has alleged.
"If the Opposition would debate the matter in the Rajya Sabha, it would be a constructive approach, but instead, the Congress has exposed itself. The question is why is the Congress-led opposition running away from a discussion on Triple Talaq in the house, especially showing that they're extremely keen to support Triple Talaq."