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Sonia Gandhi Announces Support for Women’s Reservation Bill

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In her speech,Sonia Gandhi paid tribute to Indian icons such as Sarojini Naidu, Sucheta Kriplani, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and Aruna Asaf Ali for their contributions.

Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi called for the immediate enactment of the Women’s Reservation Bill, including the representation of OBC women within reserved seats. She made this declaration on Wednesday, announcing her party’s support for the bill in the Lok Sabha.

She stated, “The Congress party supports the Women’s Reservation Bill. If passed, it will bring us joy. But I want to ask, how many more years do our women have to wait? 2, 3, 6, 8? How many years?” Gandhi began her argument on the bill with this question.

Gandhi’s comment referred to a provision within the bill, which states that political reservation for women from marginalized communities (which cannot happen before 2026) will take effect after the completion of the 2021 decennial census.

She stated, “The Congress wants this bill to be implemented immediately. But, along with this, SC, ST, and OBC women should also receive reservations. Alongside, a caste census should also be conducted. Delaying the enactment of this bill will be unfair to women. It should be implemented as soon as possible,” Gandhi emphasized.

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In her first speech in the new parliament, Gandhi praised the power of women in India, stating, “Women in India have never thought of their own gain; they have worked like a river to benefit all. Understanding the patience of women is impossible. They made us intelligent and hardworking.”

Gandhi recalled the contributions of Indian icons like Sarojini Naidu, Sucheta Kriplani, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and Aruna Asaf Ali, saying, “Women worked shoulder to shoulder with men during the freedom struggle and the building of a new India. Sarojini Naidu, Sucheta Kriplani, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Aruna Asaf Ali worked diligently to realize the visions of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, and Maulana Azad.”

On Tuesday morning, Gandhi dubbed the Women’s Reservation Bill as “our bill” and noted how former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had pioneered the introduction of the bill for women’s representation in urban and rural local bodies.

“The dream of Rajiv Gandhi was partially realized with the passage of this bill. Now, we should aim to complete it,” she added.

The Union Cabinet approved the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Monday evening, granting reservations to women in national and state legislatures. This move has paved the way for the presentation of the historic legislation in the ongoing special session of Parliament.

Reserving seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures to increase the number of women MPs has been a demand for decades. However, previous attempts have failed in Parliament due to deep political divides.

In the 2010 version of the bill, passed only by the Rajya Sabha, there was no provision for sub-categorization within women’s quotas – for example, a key demand from several regional parties.

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