Women Reservation Bill: Sonia Gandhi urges PM Narendra Modi to take advantage of majority in Lok Sabha

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take advantage of his party's majority in the Lower House of Parliament and pass the Women's Reservation bill which aims to reserves a third of seats for women in Parliament and state legislatures. 

In a letter to PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi wrote: You may recall that the Rajya Sabha had passed the Women’s Reservation Bill on March 9, 2010. Since then, however, it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another. Sonia Gandhi has extended support for this legislation.

Congress has released a press statement asking political parties to come together to get women's reservation bills passed. "Times demand, that India must rise to this historical opportunity to ensure truly representative and participative role for 50% of India’s population in shaping her (India’s) destiny in the 21 st Century. Congress party had painstakingly made the efforts to pass Women Reservation Bill through Rajya Sabha yet it did not pass through Lok Sabha, on account of freshelections. Another opportunity lies with us to rise above political differences to revisit and passthis historical imperative", the press statement reads.

Here is the full text of the letter Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Dear Prime Minister,

You may recall that the Rajya Sabha had passed the Women’s Reservation Bill on March 9, 2010. Since then, however, it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another.

I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Lower House as well. The Congress Party has always and will continue to support this legislation which will be a significant step forward in the empowerment of women. You may recall that it was, in fact, the Congress Party and its late leader Shri 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 Rajya Sabha in 1989 but later were passed by both Houses of Parliament in 1993 becoming the 73rd and 74th Amendments.

With Regards,

Yours sincerely,

Sonia Gandhi
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