News2News.in News: Raipur State Congress President and MP Deepak Baij said, the Congress Party has been demanding the Women’s Reservation Bill for the last nine years, which has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha, it should also be passed by the Lok Sabha. Bills passed in Rajya Sabha do not expire, hence the Women’s Reservation Bill is still alive. To give women their rights, the Central Government should present the bill in the special session of the Lok Sabha.
He said, BJP’s character is anti-women, hence there is little possibility of it passing the Women’s Bill. Women are not made office bearers in BJP’s parent organization RSS. He said, Congress Party has always been in favor of giving full rights to half the population. Congress governments have also taken effective steps in this regard from time to time. First of all, Rajiv Gandhi introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill in the month of May 1989 for one-third reservation of women in Panchayats and Municipalities. That bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, but could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
One third reservation in urban bodies
In April 1993, then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao re-introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide for one-third reservation for women in panchayats and municipalities. Both bills were passed and became law. The then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh brought the Constitution Amendment Bill for one-third reservation for women in Parliament and State Assemblies. The bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 9 March 2010.