A historic bill granting 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies was passed by the Rajya Sabha after two days of high drama. Women from across the city have welcomed this reservation. The International Month for Women could not have become more historic this year as the Rajya Sabha passed the 33% reservation for women. The Women’s Reservation Bill, pushed by the government despite the threat of withdrawal of support by Samajwadi Party and RJD, was passed by a two-third majority, a day after it was moved in the House for consideration. Of the votes polled, 186 were in favour of the bill and only one was against. The Constitution 108th Amendment Bill could get through with “unequivocal” support from the BJP and the Left in the Upper House where the ruling UPA coalition is in minority. The 245-member House has an effective strength of 233. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leader of opposition Arun Jaitley described the measure as “momentous and historic”. The prime minister described the bill as a “giant step” towards the empowerment of women and rejected the allegations that the measure was anti-minority or anti-Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan welcomed the bill. NMTV News spoke to women across the city who unanimously opined that the measure would help empower women at all levels. The approval of the women’s bill in Rajya Sabha comes with promises of hopes to many women in politics. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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