Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi will lead the grand old party and be the main speaker from the Congress on Wednesday during the debate on the Women's Reservation Bill introduced by the Modi government. Gandhi will be speaking in the lower house of the parliament after one year.
Govt introduces long-awaited bill
On September 19, the government introduced a constitutional amendment bill aimed at reserving one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for women. This revival of the bill comes after 27 years of it being in limbo due to a lack of consensus among political parties.
Being the inaugural bill introduced in the new Parliament building, the government has stated that it aims to enhance women's involvement in policymaking at both the state and national levels. This initiative is seen as a step towards realizing India's aspiration of becoming a developed nation by the year 2047.
'It's ours': Sonia Gandhi on women's reservation bill
Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday reacted to the Union Cabinet clearing the long-awaited Women’s Reservation Bill, saying “it is ours”. Sonia Gandhi's sharp reply came after she arrived at Parliament on Tuesday morning. When enquired about the Women’s Reservation Bill being brought in Parliament again, she said, “It is ours, apna hai.”
Congress has demanded the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill
The Congress in the recently concluded two-day Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, the party's highest decision making body, in its resolution has demanded the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament Special Session.
On Monday, Congress President and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, NCP leader Supriya Sule, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury demanded the passage of the Bill in the Special Session. The Bill seeking to reserve 33 per cent of seats for women was first moved by the H.D. Deve Gowda government in 1996.
(With inputs from IANS)