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Women’s Reservation Bill (Nari Shakti Vandan Bill) was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, the third day of the special session of Parliament. In the slip voting, 454 votes were cast in support of the bill and 2 against it. Now this bill will be presented in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. After passing from there, it will go to the President for approval. This will become law after getting the approval of the President.
PM Modi thanked everyone while posting on X (first Twitter) late on Wednesday night. PM wrote – Happy to see the passage of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha. I thank the MPs from all parties who voted in support of this Bill.
The PM further wrote, Nari Shakti Vandan Act is a historic law which will further promote women empowerment and increase women’s participation in our politics.
Now read what the MPs of opposition parties said on the bill…
Rahul said- Out of 90 secretaries running the government, only 3 are OBC, change this
Before Shah, Rahul Gandhi said that I am in support of the Women’s Reservation Bill, but it is incomplete. The President should have been present when the MPs were being moved from the old Parliament to the new Parliament.
I researched what is the participation of OBCs in our institutions. Out of the 90 secretaries who run the government, only three are from OBC. Change it as soon as possible. This is an insult to the OBC community.
When MPs created ruckus while Rahul was speaking, he said – Don’t be afraid. Women also fought for the country’s independence. There should be no delay at all on the Women’s Reservation Bill and it should be implemented from today itself.
During this, Om Birla interrupted him and said – I appeal to Rahul Gandhi that all the members in the House are equal. So tell them ‘Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid.’
Mahua said- Muslim women should also get benefits
During the discussion, TMC MP Mahua Moitra demanded reservation for Muslim women also. Without naming Mahua Moitra, Union Minister Smriti Irani said – I want to tell those demanding Muslim reservation that reservation on the basis of religion is prohibited in the Constitution. Don’t get trapped in the way the opposition is trying to confuse you.
Sonia said – implement it immediately, SP-NCP also demand reservation for OBC women. Sonia said, ‘Congress demands that the bill be implemented immediately. The government should not stop it till delimitation. Before this, by conducting caste census, reservation should be made for SC-ST and OBC women in this bill.
NCP MP Supriya Sule and SP MP Dimple Yadav also demanded reservation for OBC women in the bill. Supriya said that the government should take heart and make provision for reservation for SC, ST and OBC women in the bill. At the same time, SP MP Dimple Yadav said that OBC and minority women should also be given reservation in the bill.
Sonia Gandhi said that Rajiv Gandhi’s dream will be fulfilled through the bill. At the same time, NCP MP Supriya Sule and SP’s Dimple Yadav advocated providing benefits to OBC women also.
Sonia said- Rajiv was the first to bring the women’s reservation bill.
Sonia said, ‘The law giving reservation to women in local bodies was first brought by my husband Rajiv Gandhi, which was defeated in the Rajya Sabha by 7 votes. Later the government of PV Narasimha Rao got it passed. The result of this is that there are 15 lakh elected women leaders in local bodies across the country. Rajiv’s dream is only half fulfilled, with the passing of this bill the dream will be fulfilled.
On this, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said that this is only PM Modi’s bill, the name of the one who scored the goal is his. Our Prime Minister and our party have brought this bill and they are having a stomach ache.
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said that Sonia Gandhi wants to take credit for this bill.
Supriya Sule said- Flood is coming in the country, why called a special session?
Supriya Sule said that the former BJP chief of Maharashtra had told me on TV that Supriya Sule, you go home, cook food. Someone else will run the country. BJP should answer on this.
He said that women’s reservation cannot be implemented until census and delimitation is done. Then why was a special session called for this? Could pass it in winter session also. There are floods in many parts of the country, what is the need to call a session at this time.
When DMK’s MK Kanimozhi stood up to speak, the ruling MPs started creating ruckus. On this, Kanimozhi and Supriya Sule said that people of BJP respect women only. Then there was peace in the house.
The bill was presented on the first day of functioning in the new Parliament
The picture is of Tuesday, the second day of the special session. In this, PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Adhir Ranjan Choudhary are seen talking.
The Women’s Reservation Bill (Nari Shakti Vandan Bill) was introduced in the Lok Sabha on September 19, the first day of functioning in the new Parliament. According to this bill, 33% reservation will be implemented for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
Out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, 181 will be reserved for women. This reservation will last for 15 years. After this, if the Parliament wishes, it can extend its period. This reservation will be applicable for directly elected public representatives. That means it will not apply to Rajya Sabha and Legislative Councils of states.
The bill will be implemented only after delimitation
The biggest catch in the new bill is that it will come into force only after delimitation. Delimitation will be based on the census to be conducted after the passing of this bill. Census and delimitation before the general elections in 2024 is almost impossible.
According to this formula, if Assembly and Lok Sabha elections are held on time, then women’s reservation will not be implemented this time. This may come into effect from the 2029 Lok Sabha elections or some earlier assembly elections.
for three decades Women’s reservation bill was pending
The proposal for reservation of women in Parliament has been pending for almost 3 decades. This issue was first raised by the Committee to Assess the Status of Women in 1974. In 2010, the Manmohan government had passed the 33% reservation bill for women in the Rajya Sabha with majority.
Then SP and RJD opposed the bill and threatened to withdraw support from the then UPA government. After this the bill was not introduced in the Lok Sabha. Since then the women’s reservation bill is pending.
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