Women’s Reservation Bill will come up again for parliament’s approval

The controversial Women’s Reservation Bill will come up again for parliament’s approval in the current session.

The cabinet approved the amended version of the bill which seeks to reserve 33% seats in state legislatures and parliament for women. The issue of providing reservation to women has been a contentious issue right from the time it was brought before parliament in 1996.

While all major political parties — Congress, BJP and CPI(M) — are in favour of the bill, its passage has been held up because of stiff resistance from parties like SP, RJD and JD(U). Those opposed to the bill have, on several occasions, even physically tried to stop it from being introduced in parliament.

The historic Women’s Reservation Bill may soon become law. At least the UPA government wants it passed in Rajya Sabha by March 8 – as a gift to the country on International Women’s Day.

The Congress and the BJP have issued a whip to MPs to vote in its favour, and the Left is backing the bill as well.

Apart from reserving 33 per cent MP and MLA seats for women, it’s a bill of many hopes and promises for many in politics.

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