In a bid to get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in Lok Sabha, Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In her letter, she urged PM Modi to use the majority of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lower house of Parliament and pass the Bill.
“I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in Lok Sabha to get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed,” Sonia stated. “The Congress party has always and will continue to support this legislation, which will be a significant step forward in the empowerment of women,” she wrote assuring PM Modi of Congress support to the Bill.
She also reminded Modi that the Bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha on 9 March, 2010, when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power.
The Women’s Reservation Bill or the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, seeks to reserve one-third of all seats in the Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies for women.
Early in September this year, President Kovind had assured a delegation of women’s groups of full support for the speedy passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill as it sought his backing for gender equality in politics.