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After breaking alliance with BJP outside Bihar, JD-U declares to oppose triple talaq bill in RS

Both NDA partners are engaged in confrontation since JD-U was offered lone berth in Modi cabibet

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PATNA: The JD-U which is led by chief minister Nitish Kumar is giving jolts after jolts to the BJP despite both the partners being part of the NDA in Bihar.

Barely days after the JD-U decided not to be a part of NDA outside Bihar, it has now declared to oppose the triple talaq bill of the Narendra Modi government in the Rajya Sabha.

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“We feel the triple talaq is a social issue which should be decided by the society, rather than a law,” Bihar minister Shyam Rajak told newsmen in Patna on Thursday.

Only on Wednesday, the Modi cabinet cleared a fresh bill to ban the existing Islamic practice of instant triple talaq. The bill is likely to be introduced in the budget session of the Parliament starting Monday but can’t become a law until it is passed from both houses of the Parliament.

Although the Modi government has absolute majority in the Lok Sabha yet does not have the required numbers in Rajya Sabah to get it passed.

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The JD-U is engaged in virtual confrontation with the BJP after the former was offered only token representation in the Modi government with one ministerial berth offer.

A visibly infuriated chief minister later not only rejected the BJP offer but also announced not to join the Modi cabinet in future as well.

The JD-U has also taken a different stand over the issues of removal of Article 370, Uniform Civil Code and Ram temple.

Earlier this month, no BJP leader was given a place in Nitish Kumar government during its cabinet expansion in what was described as “tit-for-tat” move. This was followed by both the partners boycotting each-other Iftar parties.

The JD-U with 16 Lok Sabha members is the third largest NDA ally in the Lok Sabha after the BJP and Siv Sena.

It also has six members in the Rajya Sabha but given the ongoing confrontation between the two NDA partners, the BJP can’t hope for support of its ally over every issue.

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