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Deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma moved the motion for referring the Bill to the Select committee.
''The House respects the dignity of women but the Bill needs further consideration,’’ he said and also suggested for the committee names of Renuka Chowdhury and Vivek Tankha of the Congress, Derek O' Brien of the All Indian Trinamool Congress, Majid Menon of the NCP, D Raja of the CPI, Satish Chandra Mishra of the BSP, Sanjeev Kumar of the JMM, Prasanna Acharya of the Biju janata Dal, Tiruchi Shiva of the DMK, A Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK, Misa Bharti of the RJD, Abdul Wahab of the IUML and K T S Tulsi (Nominated).
He said ruling BJP should suggest the name of its members to the committee.
Mr Sukendu Sekhar Roy of the AITC also moved a motion for referring the Bill to the select committee.
Heated arguments ensued between members of the ruling party and opposition over the issue.
Leader of the House Arun Jaitley, opposing the Motion to refer the bill to the select committee, said the
motion was invalid as such a motion needs to be given 24 hours prior to the bill being taken up.
''The rules say that the motion applies only if a Bill originated from this Council of states. However, this Bill has been referred from the other House. So the motions cannot be taken up,'' he said.
''Further, the motion has to be given at least 24 hours in advance. What is the kind of parliamentary practice your are picking up?" he said.
Stressing the urgency of the bill, he said,''this practice of instant divorce has been declared unconstitutional. The court has urged Parliament to bring a legislation in this regard within six months. The Supreme Court Bench declared instant divorce unconstitutional for six months. The deadline ends in February 22, 2018. We brought the Bill to make it permanent.''
Charging the Opposition with trying to delay the bill, he said,''the whole country is watching that in the other House you supported the Bill and in this House you are opposing it.''
Raising a point of order, Mr O 'Brein of the AITC said, ''We want the Bill, but it is faulty. It requires further consultations.''
As the heated exchanges continued between the Opposition and the ruling party benches on whether or not the Bill be referred to a Select committee, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad suggested that the House vote on the motion.
''We should take the division on the Motion to refer it to the select committee,'' he said.
The suggestions was followed by a huge uproar from the treasury benches.
To this, Mr Azad said, ''if the majority's view is not heard in this House, where will it be heard?"
The Deputy Chairman said though both amendments moved by the opposition to refer the bill to the select committee were valid, he could not calla for a decision till there was an order in the house.
With the bedlam continuing, Prof Kurien adjourned the House for the day.
The House had earlier witnessed three adjournments in the Dalit violence in Maharashtra.
The Triple Talaq Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
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