Congress: The Women’s Reservation Bill must be passed during the extraordinary session of Parliament, which will begin on September 18, the Congress demanded once more on Sunday. Congress national secretary Jairam Ramesh offered his thoughts on the matter in a post on the social media platform X, claiming that the Congress Working Committee had asked that the Bill be enacted during the five-day special session of Parliament.
Congress Leader Jairam Ramesh Traces the Journey of Women’s Reservation Bills in India
“Rajiv Gandhi first introduced Constitution Amendment Bills for one-third reservation in panchayats and nagarpalikas in May 1989. It passed in Lok Sabha but failed in Rajya Sabha in September 1989,” Ramesh said. He said that in April 1993, Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao brought Constitution Amendment Bills that would have granted women a one-third reservation in panchayats and nagarpalikas. Both Bills were eventually enacted and signed into law. “Now there are more than 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and nagarpalikas. This comes to about 40 per cent,” the Congress leader said. “As PM, Dr Manmohan Singh brought a Constitution Amendment Bill for one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures. Bill passed on March 9, 2010, in Rajya Sabha. But it was not taken up in Lok Sabha,” Ramesh said.
Congress Pushes for Passage of Women’s Reservation Bill During Special Session
He made the point that laws passed by the Rajya Sabha remain in effect and that the Women’s Reservation Bill is still very much in effect. “The Congress party has for the past nine years been demanding that the Women’s Reservation Bill already passed by the Rajya Sabha should now get passed by the Lok Sabha as well,” Ramesh said. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Saturday urged that the Women’s Reservation Bill be passed during the special session in a resolution that was adopted at its first meeting after being reconstituted. The request from the top decision-making body of the Congress comes amid renewed requests for the Women’s Reservation Bill to be passed and rumours that it would be discussed during the five-day special session of Parliament. The Rajya Sabha never dissolves, hence the Bill that was approved during the Manmohan Singh administration is still in effect.