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Triple Talaq Debate Echoes In Odisha Assembly Too


31 July 2019

Debashish Maharana


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Bhubaneswar: A day after the significant Triple Talaq bill was successfully passed in Rajya Sabha of Parliament yesterday and Odisha’s ruling BJD having supported the bill moved by its political bête noire BJP-led NDA Government despite BJD’s reiterated policy of equidistance from both the BJP and Congress, the issue even echoed here in the Assembly today.

Raking up the political issue during Zero Hour of the House, senior Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati took a swipe at the BJD for supporting the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre despite its much-hyped policy of equidistance repeatedly claimed by regional satrap and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as well as his party leaders.

In his media reactions outside the House, the senior Congress MLA burst, “BJD fully supported the passage of Triple Talaq bill. But, the BJP allies starting from JD(U) walked out in protest, AIADMK walked out, and most of the allies of NDA Government also. But it is unfortunate that BJD supported.”

“Odisha’s Chief Minister used to reiterate equidistance from both the Congress and BJP. But, it was crystal clear yesterday. Earlier it was clear when a BJP candidate was supported for the Rajya Sabha election. Yesterday the BJD stated in the Rajya Sabha that they support BJP’s bill. I have today stated in the House demanding the hon’ble Chief Minister’s clarification on it,” the Congress legislator ridiculed.

BJP MLA and Deputy Leader of Opposition Bishnu Charan Sethy defended, “BJP has taught us to accept good thing as good and condemn the bad thing. Hence, we are least bothered about what Tara Bahinipati alleged. Every political party has its own ideology and principle. All parties have the democratic right to prove its own character, ideology and principle.”

“I think, perhaps, BJD might have supported the bill as the party has been laying much more stress on women’s empowerment and development. As this bill will act as a safeguard for the Muslim women, BJD might have supported for that reason,” he argued.   

On the contrary, senior BJD MLA and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick argued, “Congress hasn’t opposed the bill. Had they opposed, they would have questioned why we had opposed. Congress has rather supported. No Congress leaders have opposed it. All votes of Congress have gone to BJP in Patkura and other elections here. Rather the Congress is hand in glove with BJP. They (Congress) have never opposed the Triple Talaq bill in the Parliament. Since the bill concerns the problem of the women, especially the Muslim women, and as it is meant for the safety and security of the women, no wrong has been done by BJD in supporting it.”

“Our Chief Minister has stated from the very beginning about our policy of equidistance from Congress and BJP. We are with neither with the BJP nor with the Congress. Whoever be in power and does pro-people work and also serves Odisha’s interests, there isn’t any problem in supporting the party. When Congress hasn’t opposed the bill in the Parliament, why are they pointing finger at us?,” she burst.

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Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Senior Congress MLA, Odisha

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Bishnu Charan Sethy, Senior BJP MLA, Odisha

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Pramila Mallick, Senior BJD MLA & Govt Chief Whip