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Law Minister suggests that Congress should support BJP to get women reservation, triple talaq and nikah halala bills passed in Parliament.

Rahul Gandhi had on Monday written to Modi asking him to ensure the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, starting July 18.

New Delhi : Seeking to corner the Congress on the issue of women empowerment, the government on Tuesday urged it to provide women with a “new deal” of equality and adequate representation by joining hands to pass the bills on women’s reservation, instant triple talaq and nikah halala in Parliament.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, whose ministry deals with issues of reservation in legislatures and personal laws, was on Tuesday responding to a letter by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in the bill on granting 33 per cent quota to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

He wrote to Gandhi suggesting that the Congress and the BJP join hands to get the three bills, as well as the measure on providing constitutional status to the National Commission on Backward Classes, passed in Parliament. Prasad also attacked the previous UPA government for letting the women’s reservation bill, introduced by it, lapse.

“… the government would like to understand fully the reasons why the bill was not taken up for three years by the UPA government in the Lok Sabha and allowed to lapse,” he said, reports PTI.

He said despite the disruptions in the Rajya Sabha, the BJP and the NDA stood in support of the bill.

The Congress often attacked the government for not bringing the women’s reservation bill in Lok Sabha, even though four out of five years of its term had been completed. He also asked Gandhi to clarify whether all UPA allies and other opposition parties, who were coordinating with the Congress, would also support the bill and not disrupt House proceedings “as they had done on earlier occasion when the bill was brought to Parliament”.

Gandhi had on Monday written to Modi asking him to ensure the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, starting July 18.

In his letter, Gandhi had offered his party’s unconditional support to the bill and said the time had come for a change, and for women to take their rightful place in state legislatures and Parliament.

Prasad said as national parties “we cannot have two sets of standards in dealing women and their rights”. He said that as Gandhi had shown “deep concern” for women’s reservation in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to deal with the challenge of their inadequate representation, “I propose that both the national parties, the BJP and the Congress, should come together and offer a new deal to Indian women to ensure equality and adequate representation”.

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