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Mamata Banerjee backs triple talaq, BJP accuses of vote bank politics

West Bengal, Kolkata: It is well know for the fondness of mamta towards the Muslim community, which comprises 28 per cent of the state population, it is only too natural she will go against their common appeal to go against triple talaq.

Bhartiya Janata Party questioned Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Monday for siding with Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind in opposing the abolition of triple talaq in the country, saying it was playing vote bank politics without considering the plight of 1.5 crore Muslim women in West Bengal.

"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her ministers are supporting triple talaq for vote bank politics and are using the sentiments of the minority community only for narrow political gains," BJP state secretary Locket Chatterjee told newspersons in Kolkata as quoted by PTI.

"The chief minister, despite being a woman, is trying to push 1.5 crore Muslim women in the state into darkness and a life of uncertainty when BJP is trying to ensure equal rights for them," Chatterjee claimed.

As per the reports, TMC supremo sent two of her senior ministers, Partha Chatterjee and Firhad Hakim to a rally in support of triple talaq organized by another minister Siddiqulla Chowdhury, who is the leader of the West Bengal unit of Jamiat. Chatterjee condemned Mamata's decision and said BJP today sent a complaint to the state Women's Commission against contents of their speech there.

The protest rally was held on November 5 against the BJP-led NDA government's stand on triple talaq issue in connection with a case in the Supreme Court.

"They spoke openly against the rights of women and demeaned the process of empowerment of women," the state BJP unit said in its complaint.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh also criticized CM's take and said, "It is intriguing that a woman chief minister has taken a stand in favor of triple talaq against all Muslim women and their rights."

Another statement issued by the Politburo states that "CPI(M) supports the demand of Muslim women against the practice of arbitrary and instant triple talaq and this specific practice is not permitted in many Islamic countries." Cautious of not being seen on the same boat with the BJP, the CPI(M) also mentioned in the statement that the Centre's move to push for a uniform civil code will be counterproductive to the rights of women. "Uniformity does not guarantee equality," it says.