Women's Reservation Bill Likely To be Tabled in Lok Sabha
Though there is no official confirmation yet, reports suggest that the Centre will table the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha today that provides 33% reservation to women in bith Parliament and state Assemblies.
The cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening is reported to have to have cleared a draft Bill for the same.
'Gandhi Family Only Interested in Empowering Women of their Family': Smriti Irani
"Gandhi Family is only interested in empowering the women in their family. They are not interested in empowering the women in poor or Dalit women. It is unfortunate that Sonia Gandhi was absent today. Her son also left when the discussion on the Bill was underway. It is even more unfortunate that when the Speaker asked who supported the Bill, BJP and NDA supported it but the Congress party did not," Unon Minister Smriti Irani said.
'Reservation Won't Happen in 2024': Brinda Karat
Commenting on the reservation Bill, Brinda Karat said: "This reservation bill had been promised by the BJP before the 2014 elections. This bill just ensures that women are going to be deprived till the next census, till the next delimitation exercise. In other words, in the 2024 elections and in the Constitution of the 18th Lok Sabha, we will not have 1/3rd women in Parliament."
'Women Getting Rightful Place': Omar Abdullah
On Women's Reservation Bill, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said: "Let it come. We have implemented it here at the levels that were appropriate for us in the Panchayats and local bodies. We did it much before the government, much before 5 August, 2019. We have never opposed the process of reservation so that women get their rightful place in the decision-making of this country."
Ruckus in Rajya Sabha Over Kharge's Statement
BJP MPs objected to Mallikarjun Kharge's statement that only those women from backward classes are given tickets by parties who don't have any effective powers.
"Women from backward, ST don't get such opportunities which they are getting, this is what we are saying," Kharge said.
"Literacy rate of women from scheduled caste is less and that's why political parties have a habit of choosing weak women and they won't choose those who're educated and can fight," he added.
"We respect the leader of the opposition but to make a sweeping statement that all parties choose women who are not effective is absolutely unacceptable. We all have been empowered by our party, PM. President Droupadi Murmu is an empowered woman," Union Minister Nirmama Sitharaman said.