NEW DELHI: The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 and the Triple Talaq Bill are set to lapse on June 3 when the term of this Lok Sabha comes to end, as the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die without taking up two key Bills pushed by the government in Lok Sabha despite protest by the opposition parties.
The government had listed both the Bills for introduction and passing in the Upper House but could not be taken up as the house saw repeated adjournments following protests by members over various issues.
As per the Legislative Functions of Rajya Sabha, “After the dissolution of Lok Sabha, all Bills except the Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha and pending therein, lapse.” Both the Bills will lapse as they were not introduced in the House.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which saw massive protests in the northeast states and opposition from even BJP allies, was passed in Lok Sabha during the winter session. It seeks to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who came to India before December 31, 2014.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha in December 2018. The government, on September 19, 2018, had brought an ordinance on this and president re-promulgated it in January this year. The Bill makes instant triple talaq void and illegal, making it a punishable offence with imprisonment of three years. The opposition has raised objections to the imprisonment clause and sought its revision.
Amid protests from the Oppisition, the interim budget and motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind’s joint address was passed without discussion in the Upper House.