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“Historic”: Women MPs rise above political differences to hail passage of quota Bill

The Fact News Service
New Delhi, September 22

Several women MPs across party lines set aside their differences to unequivocally call the passage of the women’s reservation Bill, aptly titled ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’, as historic.

As the women’s reservation bill cleared its final legislative hurdle at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, BJP MP Diya Kumari thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, “Women are celebrating today. We are very happy with the passage of this Bill. PM Modi has finally made this dream come true. This piece of legislation was the need of the hour and he (PM Modi) realised it. He spearheaded efforts to have the Bill tabled and passed in all of two days.”

Congress MP Joshimani, too, expressed her delight over the Bill’s passage, saying, “We are happy that this important piece of legislation is finally close to seeing the light of day.”

However, she flagged concerns over the implementation of the Bill, saying, “It is sad, however, that the law may not be implemented anytime soon.”

Another Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan termed the passage of the Bill as historic.

“The Bill has now been passed by both the Houses. This is a moment to savour for women in our country,” she said.

She added, however, “We demanded the Bill be implemented immediately with a sub-quota for OBC women. The demand wasn’t considered.”

The Upper House, on Thursday, passed the bill, which provides 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha as well as the state legislative assemblies, unanimously with 214 members voting in support and none against.

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