Women Reservation Bill News: Rajya Sabha MP and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal has cornered the government on the Women Reservation Bill. He has raised the question that when all the parties were in support of the bill, then what was the need to wait for 10 years. Sibal says that this has been done keeping in mind the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024. It is expected that the Women’s Reservation Bill will be presented in Parliament on Wednesday.
Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel posted on social media platform X on Monday that the Cabinet has approved the Women’s Reservation Bill. However, he deleted this post within an hour. However, no official information has been revealed regarding the cabinet meeting which lasted for 90 minutes on Monday evening. But discussions are intensifying that the Union Cabinet has approved the Women’s Reservation Bill.
What did Sibal say?
At the same time, former Congress leader Kapil Sibal wrote on Twitter, ‘Women’s Reservation Bill: Wondering why PM Modi waited 10 years to present this bill, while all the parties have been in support of it? Maybe 2024 is the reason for this. But if the government does not provide quota to OBC women, then BJP may also lose in UP in 2024. Just think about it!’
Kapil Sibal, who was a Union Minister in the UPA 1 and UPA 2 governments, had left the Congress party in May last year. In the same year he was elected to Rajya Sabha with the support of Samajwadi Party.
What is Women’s Reservation Bill?
The Women’s Reservation Bill is a constitutional amendment bill, which provides for 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and all state assemblies in India. This bill was introduced for the first time in 1996, but has not been passed till now. The purpose of the Women’s Reservation Bill is to promote women’s participation in Indian politics. In India, women’s participation in the Lok Sabha is only 14.5% in 2023, one of the lowest in the world. With the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, it is expected that the representation of women will increase and they will be able to play a more effective role in policy making.
Supporters of the Women’s Reservation Bill argue that it will be an important step for women’s empowerment and equality. They say that reservation will provide a level playing field for women to enter politics and achieve leadership roles. Opponents of the Women’s Reservation Bill argue that it violates women’s right to compete on the basis of merit. They say that reservation will privilege women and prevent them from being selected on the basis of merit.
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