Days ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament when the government is likely to push for the passage of a bill against instant triple talaq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked Congress for being a party, which stood only with Muslim men.
“The real face of these parties was revealed by their approach on triple talaq,” he said at a public meeting here, part of his two-day visit to eastern Uttar Pradesh. “On one side the Centre is making efforts to ease and improve the lives of women and on the other these parties are working to put the lives of women, especially Muslim women, in danger,” he said criticising the opposition.
“Crores of Muslim women had always demanded that triple talaq should be banned, as it is also banned in Islamic countries,” he said. “I read in the newspaper that the Congress president had said that the Congress is a party of Muslims, and there has been discussion on this for the past two days,” he said in an apparent reference to Rahul Gandhi’s recent meeting with Muslim intellectuals.
“I am not surprised as when Manmohan Singh was the PM, he had said that Muslims have the first right over natural resources,” Modi said. “But I want to ask the Congress whether it is a party of Muslim men alone,” he added. The criticism comes ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament where a bill abolishing instant divorce among Muslims, already passed in the Lok Sabha, is pending in the Rajya Sabha.