New Delhi: Lok Sabha passed historical Women’s Reservation Bill on Wednesday with an overwhelming majority. The Women’s Reservation Bill will introduce in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday of the special session of Parliament.
BJP President JP Nadda and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are scheduled to speak on the women’s quota bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Fourteen women MPs and ministers are expected to debate the bill on behalf of the BJP. Among these, are three women MPs from the OBC community and two each from SC and ST communities.
Lok Sabha passed the bill with 454 votes in favour of the bill and two votes against the bill. Congress Parliamentary Party Chief Sonia Gandhi open the debate on the bill in the parliament on Wednesday, in her speech she said that for the last 13 years, Indian women have been waiting for their political responsibilities, and now they are being asked to wait for a few more years two years, four years, six years, eight years.
Both delimitation and census will begin after the next general election, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Let us rise above partisan politics to give women the respect they deserve. Earlier they have been left disappointed four times by Parliament. Let this bill be passed unanimously, he added.
The women’s quota can only be implemented after the first delimitation of constituencies following the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill. This is likely to occur in 2027, as delimitation is only conducted after the next census. Therefore, the bill may not come into effect until 2029.
Two things seem strange. One, the Idea that you need new census for this bill and new delimitation and I think this bill can be implemented today said Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.
The Lok Sabha overwhelmingly passed the bill on Wednesday to reserve one-third of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, despite opposition demands to extend similar benefits to OBCs and implement the measure before next year’s general elections.
The bill finally cleared the Lok Sabha after decades of attempts. The UPA government led by Manmohan Singh introduced the bill in the Rajya Sabha in 2008, where it was passed in 2010. However, it never reached the Lok Sabha for consideration.