Congress chief Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi for passage of Women's Reservation Bill

The Gandhi scion has offered his party's unconditional support to the bill and said the time has come for a change, and for women to take their rightful place in state legislatures and Parliament. 

Published: 16th July 2018 03:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2018 05:57 AM   |  A+A-

Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi | PTI

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to reach out to 50 percent of the electorate ahead of the 2019 national polls, Congress president Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, asking him to ensure the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament, which begins on Wednesday.Assuring his support for the bill, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 under the previous UPA, but has been pending in the Lok Sabha since then, Rahul said the Prime Minister should use his party’s brute majority in the house to pass the key legislation. Earlier, former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi too had written to the Prime Minister over the issue but nothing moved forward as the BJP faces resistance over the bill from within. 

Sources said that Union Minister Arun Jaitley, as the leader of the opposition in 2010, had hailed the passage of the bill in the upper house as historic but appeared to be having second thoughts now.
Rahul used the occasion to remind the Prime Minister that he should tell the skeptics in the BJP that the experience of panchayats and municipal bodies shows that whenever women were given leadership roles, they displayed better decision towards a more just society than their male counterparts.

The Congress also submitted signatures of around 3.2 million people to the Prime Minister in support of the bill. Rahul cautioned the Prime Minister saying if the bill was not passed in the monsoon session it would be impossible to implement it before the 2019 general elections in which the Congress chief wanted to see greater participation of women.

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  • Jayakrishnan K

    what was he dong all those years when UPA was in Power?!!! then they chose vote bank politics to women empowerment!! (to quote his own words!!) Trust him to forget what he says.
    3 months ago reply
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