The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Triple Talaq Bill, known as the Muslim Women (Protection from Marriage) Bill, lapsed in the Rajya Sabha.
The Parliament conducted its last Budget session and discussions over the two controversial bills, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 and the Triple Talaq Bill, 2019. However, the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) members adjourned the session and the lapsed bills will be discussed on the 3rd of June 2019.
After the Lok Sabha elections, the new Government will constitute the 17th Lok Sabha session before the 3rd of June, after which the two bills will be discussed in the Rajya Sabha.
The bills will become laws if the Rajya Sabha approves them and they receive the approval of Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Muslim Women (Protection from Marriage) Bill, 2019 were passed in the Lok Sabha on the 8th of January and the 27th of December 2018 respectively.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to provide citizenship to individuals belonging to communities such as the Sikhs, the Hindus, the Jains, the Buddhists, the Christians and the Parsis from countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
According to the Triple Talaq Bill, it is an offence which will lead to the imprisonment of any Muslim man who initiates it, either orally (face to face or through a phone call,) through writing, or on any social media platform.
Both the Parliamentary Houses, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are adjourned till the Lok Sabha elections.
The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled between April and May 2019 and the major parties contesting are the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.)
Stay tuned for further updates about the Lok Sabha elections.