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Law Minister loses cool on triple talaq bill, draws flak

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Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi :In a surprise outburst towards the end of the monsoon session, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday spurted his anger at the Opposition scuttling passage of the triple talaq bill despite the government conceding amendments it had sought.

His outburst that came after the House had passed the Commercial Courts Bill piloted by him as the last Bill in the session. Even Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu lost temper on Prasad, scolded him that he should realise that he is a minister and as such he cannot disturb the House.

The Chairman had switched over to the special mentions by members when Prasad jumped to his feet and insisted on speaking despite being repeatedly told that whatever he says will not go on record.


Prasad was joined by another minister Ramdas Athawale, who also wanted to make some remarks but the Chair’s reprimand not to speak without permission made him sit down.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar put the blame on the Congress for preventing the Bill that can give justice to women on whom ever dangles the threat of the talaq.

The Congress MPs, however, rejected Ananth Kumar’s charge and said Prasad was only creating a drama as the triple talaq is already illegal even without this Bill in view of a Supreme Court judgement.