K. Kavitha, a Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader, is fasting all day at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Friday in an effort to persuade the federal government to pass the Women's Reservation Bill.
Kavitha had previously stated that her NGO, Bharat Jagriti, was in charge of organising the hunger strike and that all political parties had been asked to participate.
Almost ten parties, including the Trinamool Congress, the CPI(M), and the Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray faction, have so far announced their participation.
Yechury spoke to media
Sitaram Yechury, the general secretary of the CPI(M), spoke to the media.
"We appeal to the govt to introduce the Women's Reservation Bill. We will unite all support outside the Parliament," Yechury said.
"I assure you until the Women's Reservation Bill is passed in Parliament, we will continue to support you and this cause," he added.
The Bill has been lying in cold storage since 2010
In a previous statement to the media, Kavitha, who is under investigation by the ED in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case, stated that the bill has been in limbo since 2010 and that the Modi administration has a historic opportunity to approve it in Parliament before 2024.
"About 500-600 members will sit on a hunger strike, but the attendance will be much more. More than 6,000 people and 18 political parties have confirmed their participation," she said.
CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury will inaugurate the programme.
PARTIES ATTENDING KAVITHA's DHARNA AT JANTAR MANTAR
The following parties and political leaders are present during the BRS leader's dharna at Jantar Mantar -
AAP - Sanjay Singh and Chitra Sarwara
Shiv Sena delegation
Akali Dal - Naresh Gujral
PDP - Anjum Javed Mirza
NC - Shami Firdous
TMC - Sushmita Dev
JDU - KC Tyagi
NCP - Seema Malik
CPI - Narayana K
CPM - Sitaram Yechury
Samajwadi party - Pooja Shukla
RLD - Shyam Rajak