After the Rajya Sabha passed the Triple Talaq Bill on Tuesday, it came as a shock that it is not BJP but the Congress and other Opposition parties callousness and mysterious absents were the reasons behind the success of the bill in Rajya Sabha.
Nearly 20 opposition MPs, including five each from the Congress and the Samajwadi Party(SP), were not present in Rajya Sabha during voting on the contentious triple talaq bill, sources said. Besides Congress and SP, Senior NCP leaders and one member each of Trinamool Congress, DMK, IUML and Kerala Congress were also missing during voting in the house. This crucial absents have helped BJP-led NDA to smoothly pass the bill with a margin of 15 votes. While 99 supported the Bill, 84 opposed it. Sources said that the opposition could have managed to get the nod to send the bill to a Select Committee of the house if its MPs were present in the House.
Keeping the Congress on tenterhooks, the fact came out later in the day that around five Congress MPs abstained from voting on Triple Talaq Bill. Despite a whip, five MPs from Congress did not attend the crucial session in Rajya Sabha during the voting on Triple Talaq bill. The five Congress MPs who were absent are Vivek Tankha, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Mukut Mithi and Ranjib Biswal, besides Sanjay Sinh, who earlier in the day resigned from the party.
Venting his frustration, Kapil Sibal later said: “People who declared that they will vote against the bill, were not present in Rajya Sabha during the vote”.
Mayawati’s BSP helped BJP indirectly by walking out of the Rajya Sabha protesting the Triple Talaq Bill. This action helped BJP consolidate their margin. Senior NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel and one member each of Trinamool Congress, DMK, IUML and Kerala Congress were also missing during voting in the house.
Another prominent member who was not present during the voting was KTS Tulsi, who is a nominated member but was against the bill.
Besides MPs of opposition parties not present, abstention by AIADMK, BSP and TRS also helped the government get its legislation through in the upper house where the ruling party does not enjoy a majority.