- Ghulam Nabi Azad said both the BJP and CPM are equally responsible for the continuing political violence in Kerala
- Triple talaq, if implemented in the present form, would affect the entire Muslim community in the country, Azad said
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has blamed the ruling parties at the Centre and in Kerala for the continuing political violence in the state.
"Both the BJP and CPM are equally responsible for the continuing political violence in Kerala. They should share the responsibility for the loss of lives in political violence," Azad told reporters in Kozhikode.
Triple talaq, if implemented in the present form, would affect the entire Muslim community in the country, said the Rajya Sabha's opposition leader.
"If the wife makes a complaint against her husband, then her in-laws will also be jailed for three years as per the draft bill," Azad said. "However, instant triple talaqis against the law and the SupremeCourt verdict in this matter is welcome," he added.
The bill criminalising talaq-e-biddat was passed by the Lok Sabha in the recently concluded winter session of the Parliament but was stuck in the Rajya Sabha. Opposition parties as well as the NDA ally TDP had reservations over criminal provisions in the draft law.
MPs in the Upper House had demanded that the bill, which proposes to make triple talaq a cognizable and non-bailable offence, be referred to a parliamentary committee for review.
Azad also spoke on the conditions in Kashmir, saying the government lacked a "positive attitude" to stop tensions across the border. "The violence across the Kashmir border with Pakistan has escalated after the BJP came to power at the Centre," he alleged.
(With PTI inputs)
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:33 PM