Triple talaq case petitioner joins BJP

Ishrat Jahan

Ishrat Jahan

One of the five petitioners in the Triple Talaq case, Ishrat Jahan has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Jahan was felicitated and inducted into the party by the party's unit general secretary Sayantan Basu in Kolkata.

"Seeking security, Ishrat later informed that copies of the threat letters were forwarded to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Howrah City Police Commissionarate and the local Golabari police station". If the Opposition, which has a majority in the Rajya Sabha, fails to prevent the Bill's passage, the BJP will create a legislative history of sorts by outlawing the practice which the Supreme Court had, in August past year, declared as "arbitrary, unconstitutional, unislamic and illegal".

The triple talaq bill was passed in December in Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament and has been taken up in Rajya Sabha.

The passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill will make the practice of triple talaq criminal. Giving his initial reaction after joining the BJP, Ishrat Jahan said, "Will support those who are supporting me". The Bill is now awaiting the Rajya Sabha's approval.

However, Ishrat is yet to issue any official statement in this regard. Experts add that with Ishrat coming to the BJP fold, the saffron party will be able to win the vote and trust of Muslim women in the state as well as the country.

Both the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the CPM have announced their candidates for the bypoll.

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