A milestone bill that makes instant "triple talaq" a criminal offense is scheduled for the preamble in the Rajya Sabha today but it may get deferred to Wednesday as offering the ruling party to an opportunity to attempt and build consensus on the matter after an extended weekend.
Senior officials who did not want to be quoted told ET that during internal, high-level discussions on the triple talaq bill, all stakeholders were satisfied that the proposed law doesn't stop Muslim women from availing rights available to them under any other law.
Congress kerala unit president M M Hassan has gone back on his stand that he opposed the triple talaq bill brought by the BJP-led central government.
The bill is listed for introduction in the Upper House of Parliament by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. "Let it go for reconsideration to Select Committee", says NCP leader Majeed Memon.
As Congress extended its support, it also recommended that there were firm lacunae in the Bill that looked-for to be fixed before being put into practice. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has even issued a three-line whip for all its MPs to remain present in Parliament on January 2 and 3.
The Lok Sabha has on thursday passed the controversial bill making instant talaq illegal with up to three years in jail for the husband.
The government hailed the passing of the bill in Lok Sabha as "historic".
Triple talaq bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile, opposition parties including Congress met on Tuesday to discuss the strategy to be adopted on the Bill when it is taken up in the Upper House.
The amendments to the bill moved by the opposition too, were rejected.