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Lok Sabha passes women’s reservation bill

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The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023, which seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state Legislative Assemblies, unanimously.

454 Lok Sabha MPs voted in favour of ‘The Narishakti Vandan Adhiniyam’ Bill, and two voted against it.

The bill will be presented in Rajya Sabha tomorrow, the Day Four of the special session.

The implementation of the reservation, though, can take place only after a census and delimitation, which pushes it back by at least six years.

Opposition parties including Congress, SP, RJD and AIMIM have been demanding quota for Other Backward Classes women as well.

During the debate, Congress’s Sonia Gandhi underscored that the initiative for the bill was taken under the UPA government.

“How many years will they (women) have to wait… two… four… eight? Is this right? Congress demands the bill be implemented immediately,” Gandhi said, calling for reservation for women from SC, ST and OBC communities.

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