Rahul Gandhi presses PM Modi to introduce Women’s Reservation Bill; assures support from Congress

Rahul Gandhi on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to ensure the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament.

Gandhi brought it to the PM’s notice that when this bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 9th March 2010 with the support of BJP, the then opposition leader, Arun Jaitley had called the passage of the bill as being ‘historic and momentous’.

He took a dig at the Modi government by saying that his party has given unwavering support to the bill but BJP does not seem to be on the same page as them even though the passage of the bill was one of BJP’s key promises in its 2014 manifesto.

Highlighting the better leadership qualities of women, he stated that this bill has the potential to transform governance in India. ” For the sceptics in your party who oppose the passage of this transformational legislation, I would appreciate you pointing out to them that our nation’s experience with governance at the Panchayat and Municipal levels, has clearly shown that women in leadership positions are more likely than their male counterparts, to take decisions that further the cause of an inclusive and just society,” the Congress chief wrote.

Gandhi pointed out that the PM in many of his public rallies has spoken about his passion for the empowerment of women and thus there is no better way to demonstrate his commitment to the cause of women than by offering his unconditional support to the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill.

He concluded by stating that there is no better time to take up this issue than the upcoming session of Parliament as any further delay will make it impossible to implement this bill before the next General Elections.

Rahul Gandhi noticeably pointed out that in order to raise awareness and build support in favour of the passage of the bill, Congress party has collected over 3.2 million signatures of Indian men and women who want this bill passed as soon as possible.


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