Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to take advantage of his government's majority to get the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha. The Bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010.
Describing the Bill as 'a significant step forward in the empowerment of women, the Congress president said, 'You may recall that the RajyaSabha had passed the women's reservation Bill on March 9, 2010. Since then, however, it has been languishing in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another.
"I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the LokSabha to now get the women's reservation Bill passed in the Lower House as well. The Congress has always and will continue to support this legislation which will be a significant step in the direction of empowerment of women. ' 'You may recall that it was, in fact, the Congress party and its late leader Rajiv Gandhi who first mooted the provision for reservation for women in panchayats and nagarpalikas in the Constitution amendment bills which the Opposition parties thwarted in the RajyaSabha in 1989 but later were passed by both the Houses of Parliament in 1993, becoming the 73rd and 74th amendments,' Gandhi said in her letter.