Chandigarh: Congress Party-led Punjab government has unanimously passed a resolution to provide 33% reservation to Women in Parliament and in the state assembly.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh took to social media and confirmed the decision and tweeted about the state assembly resolution on Friday.
Captain said, “Thankful to all the members of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for unanimously passing the resolution requesting Govt of India to pass the Bill to provide 33% reservation to Women in Parliament & Vidhan Sabhas of the States.”
The women’s reservation bill, which aims to reserve 33% of all seats in Parliament and assemblies for women is due for a long period of time and United Opposition is aiming to bring this bill in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.
In his letter, Rahul Gandhi has emphasised that the Rajya Sabha passed the 108th constitutional amendment bill in 2010, but it lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.
“In order to affirm our support to the passage of the bill, it would be expedient for the state assembly to pass a resolution calling for the reservation of one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and legislative assembly for women, in the next session,” said Rahul Gandhi.
Odisha and Andhra Pradesh assemblies have already taken the lead and passed a resolution calling on the central government to enact the women’s reservation bill.
Prior to the recently held assembly election results, Congress was in power Punjab, now it has three more states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh which can help in passing the similar resolution in order to strengthen the demand of the bill from the PM Modi led NDA government in the center.
Congress National President had written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the Monsoon Session and asked him to “demonstrate his commitment to the cause of women” and ensure the passage for this bill in the Parliament.