New Delhi: Congress has welcomed the approval of the Women’s Reservation Bill by the Union Cabinet. The Congress said that a consensus could have been reached by discussing it in an all-party meeting. The Congress also said that the government’s decision was a victory for the Congress and its allies in the UPA government, as the bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha during their government.
Rahul Gandhi’s letter under discussion
The Congress also released a letter written by its former president Rahul Gandhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 16, 2018, demanding immediate passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram posted on ‘X’, ‘If the government introduces the Women’s Reservation Bill, it will be a win for the Congress and its allies in the UPA government. It may be recalled that this bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010 during the UPA regime.
“In its 10th year, the BJP is reviving the bill which it had suppressed in the hope that the uproar over the bill would die down,” he said. According to a senior Congress leader, the Congress has strongly appealed for the passage of this bill in Parliament at every opportunity and recently at the party’s working committee meeting in Hyderabad. Chidambaram said, ‘We hope that the bill will be introduced and passed in the special session.’
Jairam Ramesh said this.
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said that his party has been demanding the passage of this bill for a long time. She posted on ‘X’, ‘Congress party has been demanding implementation of women’s reservation for a long time. We welcome the news of the Union Cabinet’s decision and look forward to the details of the Bill.
Ramesh said that it could have been well discussed in the all-party meeting before the special session and a consensus could have been built instead of behind-the-scenes politics. Ramesh had referred to an earlier post of his which mentioned the background of the Women’s Reservation Bill. He had said, ‘First, Rajiv Gandhi introduced the Constitutional Amendment Bill for one-third reservation for women in Panchayats and Municipalities in the month of May 1989. That bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, but failed to pass in the Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
According to Ramesh, ‘In April 1993, then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao re-introduced the Constitutional Amendment Bill for one-third reservation for women in panchayats and municipal bodies. Both bills were passed and became law. Today there are more than 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and local bodies. This number is about 40 percent.
The Congress leader had said, ‘The then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh brought the Constitutional Amendment Bill for one-third reservation for women in Parliament and State Assemblies. The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 9 March 2010, but could not be taken to the Lok Sabha. He had said, ‘Bills presented in the Rajya Sabha do not expire. That is why the Women’s Reservation Bill still exists. The Congress party has been demanding for the past nine years that the Women’s Reservation Bill, which has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha, should also be passed by the Lok Sabha. (input language)
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