INDIA Alliance Speaks For Women Reservation Bill on the Day 1 of Special Session

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The special session of Parliament, which began on Monday, September 18, 2023, has witnessed a heated debate over the demand for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill. The bill, which seeks to reserve one-third of all seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies, has been pending for over two decades and has been a long-standing demand of various political parties and civil society groups.

In English: INDIA Parties Asking For Women Reservation Bill

The bill was first introduced in the Lok Sabha in 1996 by the then United Front government but could not be taken up for discussion due to lack of consensus among different parties. It was reintroduced in 2008 by the UPA government and was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 with the support of the BJP and other parties. However, it could not be passed by the Lok Sabha as some regional parties, especially those from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, opposed it on the grounds that it would adversely affect their representation and demanded a quota for backward classes and Scheduled Castes within the overall reservation for women.

The bill has been revived in the current session by the INDIA alliance, a coalition of regional parties led by the BJD and the BRS, which have been vocal supporters of women’s empowerment and have implemented 50% reservation for women in local bodies in their respective states. The alliance has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to table the bill in the special session and pass it with consensus. The alliance has also sought the support of other parties, especially the Congress, which had promised to pass the bill in its 2019 election manifesto.

The Congress party has also reiterated its demand for the bill and accused the BJP-led NDA government of delaying it. Congress leader Sonia Gandhi had written a letter to Modi on September 17, 2023, listing nine points that she said were crucial for strengthening democracy and empowering women. She had asked him to ensure that the bill is passed in the special session and said that her party would extend its full support to it. She had also reminded him of his own words at the G20 summit, where he had highlighted the growing role of women in different fields in India.

The BJP, on its part, has maintained that it is committed to passing the bill but has also expressed its reservations about some of its provisions. The party has said that it is open to discussing the bill with all stakeholders and finding a common ground. The party has also pointed out that it has given more representation to women in its own ranks and has appointed several women ministers in its government.

The special session of Parliament, which is being held to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence and the completion of 75 years of parliamentary democracy, is expected to witness a discussion on ‘Parliamentary Journey of 75 years starting from Samvidhan Sabha – Achievements, Experiences, Memories and Learnings’ on September 19, 2023. The session will also see the shifting of parliamentary proceedings from the old to the adjacent new state-of-the-art building on September 19. The session will conclude on September 22, 2023.

The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is seen as a historic opportunity to enhance women’s participation and representation in politics and governance and to fulfill a long-pending demand of half of India’s population. It is also seen as a test of political will and consensus among different parties and leaders who have often spoken about empowering women but have failed to act on it.

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