Cabinet approves 4 ordinances including Triple Talaq, opts against Citizenship Bill

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New Delhi, Feb 19: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved four ordinances, including the one making triple talaq a criminal offence, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

The other ordinances approved by the Cabinet include the Companies (Second Amendment) ordinance, the Medical Council ordinance and the ordinance against unregulated deposits (Ponzi schemes).

Jaitley said the government has to bring these ordinances as the matters are pending for a long time and could not be cleared by the Rajya Sabha due to disruptions.

The triple talaq Bill has lapsed in Rajya Sabha after a consensus with Opposition could not be built.

The government had first brought the triple talaq ordinance in September 2018.

The government steered clear of an ordinance on the controversial Citizen Amendment law.

BJP government opts against ordinance on Citizenship bill

Facing stiff opposition from its own allies in the northeast, the Modi government has opted against an ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) at the Union Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

There were speculations that the government may decide on promulgating the ordinance on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 which was not passed by Parliament in the Budget session of Parliament, the last session before the Lok Sabha polls.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha but not in Rajya Sabha where the Modi government lacks a majority.

Though Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, are eager to pass the bill which seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), its ally in Assam, had left the alliance over the bill and several other allies in the northeast had also strongly opposed the bill.

BJP’s Chief Minister in Manipur N. Biren Singh had also called for a review of the bill.

He had met Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with his party counterpart from Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu earlier this month to apprise him of the situation in their states in the wake of opposition to the bill and urged the Centre not to go ahead with it.

However, BJP chief Amit Shah had said in Guwahati on Sunday that the party will make the Citizenship Bill part of its manifesto for the next elections and pass it on return to power this year.

It remains to be seen if the BJP will tie-up with the AGP for the Lok Sabha polls since the latter had said it had broken with the BJP now over this bill but did not emphatically rule out an alliance “in the future”.