Rahul Gandhi Asks Congress, Alliance Govts To Vote For Women’s Reservation Bill
He said India ranks 148th out of 193 in the percentage of women in our Parliament, while the situation is even worse in our state assemblies.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, December 6 wrote to the Congress and its alliance governments in the states to pass a resolution in the next session of Parliament to reserve one third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies for women.
In his letter, Rahul Gandhi wrote, “India ranks 148th out of 193 in the percentage of women in our Parliament. The situation is even worse in our state assemblies.” He also stressed that true empowerment entails that adequate number of women are represented in legislative bodies. In order to affirm the Congress party’s support to the passage of the bill, Rahul Gandhi wrote that “it would be expedient for the State Assembly to pass a resolution calling for the reservation of one-third seats in the Lok Sabha and the Legislative Assemblies for women, in the next session.”
On December 4, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the Women’s Reservation Bill — seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in state Legislative Assemblies and Parliament — is passed in Parliament.