The DMK president and Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu M K Stalin has slammed the AIADMK for its volte face on the triple talaq bill by turning around to support the bill after opposing it in the previous session.In a statement on Friday, Stalin said the AIADMK had played a double game by supporting The Muslim Women Protection of Rights of Marriage Bill 2019 that criminalises triple talaq and prescribes jail term for the husband guilty of it.
The AIADMK supported the bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Its lone MP and son of Tamil Nadu DeputyChief Minister O Pannerselvam’s son Raveendranath supported it on the ground that it was intended to protect the rights of Muslim rights.The bill could not be passed before the Lok Sabha elections and AIADMK was among the parties which opposed it. Its member Anwar Raja made out an elaborate case as to why Muslims oppose the bill in its present form.
He particularly took exception to the provision under which offending husband can be put in jail. He said this would leave the wife without financial support and the very purpose of safeguarding Muslim women’s rights would be defeated.Under pressure from its ally BJP, the AIADMK denied him ticket in the Lok Sabha polls and gave his Ramanathapuram seat to former State Minister Nainar Nagendran who lost to DMK backed IUML
Stalin recalled Anwar Raja called the bill as” a part of the BJP’s communal agenda. Even Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami opposed the provision for three year jail term for man who divorces his wife through instant talaq .He noted that O P. Ravindranath Kumar supported the bill in the Lok Sabha saying it was “not an issue of minority vs majority”.He also pointed out that the AIADMK, which had earlier opposed the Motor Vehicles Act and to the RTI Act, had now extended support them in Parliament.
He accused Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami and Deputy O Pannerselvam were playing a double game, claiming in Tamil Nadu that they were committed to protecting State's interests and playing second fiddle to the BJP in Delhi.He said the AIADMK was going all out to appease the BJP in order to get a berth in the Union Ministry.