New Delhi, Sep 18 (Language) The Congress on Monday welcomed the Union Cabinet’s approval of the Women’s Reservation Bill and said a consensus could have been reached by discussing it in the all-party meeting.
The main opposition party also said that this cabinet decision is a victory for the Congress and its allies in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, as this bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha during their rule.
The Congress also released the letter its former president Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 16, 2018, demanding immediate passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram wrote on the ‘X’, ‘If the government introduces the Women’s Reservation Bill tomorrow, it will be a victory for the Congress and its allies in the UPA government. Remember this bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010 during the UPA government.
He said, “On its tenth year, the BJP is reviving the bill it had suppressed in the hope that the vote on the bill will die out.”
According to the senior Congress leader, on every occasion and most recently at the party’s working committee meeting held in Hyderabad, the Congress has strongly demanded the passage of the bill in Parliament.
Chidambaram said, “We hope that the bill will be introduced and passed in the special session.”
Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh said his party has been demanding the passage of this bill for a long time.
He captioned the ‘X’, “The Congress party has been demanding the 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 this could have been thoroughly discussed in the party meeting before the extra session and a consensus could have been reached instead of behind the scenes politics.
Ramesh had quoted one of his old posts where the background of Women’s Reservation Bill was mentioned.
He had said, “First, Rajiv Gandhi had introduced the Constitutional Amendment Bill in the month of May 1989 for one-third reservation for women in Panchayats and Municipalities. That Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, but could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
According to Ramesh, “In April 1993, then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao had reintroduced 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 municipal bodies organ This figure is around 40 percent.
The Congress leader had said, “The then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had introduced the constitutional amendment bill for one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies. The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010, but could not be taken to the Lok Sabha.”
He had said, “Bills introduced/passed in the Rajya Sabha do not lapse. That is why the Women’s Reservation Bill is still there. The Congress Party has for the last nine years been demanding that the Women’s Reservation Bill, which has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha, should also is passed by the Lok Sabha.
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