Sonia urges PM to get Women’s Reservation Bill passed

SansadTV Bureau

FILE: Congress president Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to get the women’s reservation bill passed in the Lok Sabha. While the bill was passed in the Upper House in 2010, it is yet to be passed in Lok Sabha.

Ms Gandhi also stressed on BJP’s strength in Lok Sabha given its numbers were above the majority mark.

“I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the women’s reservation bill passed in the Lower House as well,” Gandhi said in the letter, dated September 20.

The chief of principal opposition party assured support of her party to the legislation, which she said would be a “significant” step forward in the empowerment of women. The Rajya Sabha had passed the bill on March 9, 2010.

She also recalled that the Congress and its late leader Rajiv Gandhi had first mooted the provision for quota for women in panchayats and municipal bodies through Constitution amendment bills.

In her letter, Sonia Gandhi also said that the bills were “thwarted” by the opposition in 1989, but were passed by both the Houses of Parliament in 1993.

(With inputs from PTI)