Lok Sabha Passes Women’s Reservation Bill with 454 Votes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called September 19 a “historic day” after the Women’s Reservation Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. He also asked the opposition parties to support the measure. In highlighting the achievements of women, PM Modi said that they had a significant influence on the formulation of public policy and that God had selected him to carry out the women’s reservation law.

A lack of political will and agreement has kept the Women’s Reservation Bill on hold for the past 27 years. But rather than a previously passed measure, this one will be brand new. Beginning at 11 a.m. today, the Lok Sabha will have a seven-hour opportunity to consider the bill.

What is Proposed by the Bill?

Women's Reservation Bill

The bill calls for 33% female representation in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures. The bill will probably be approved by the House later today after the discussion. Arjun Ram Meghwal, the law minister, proposed the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam bill in the Lok Sabha. It won’t take effect until after a delimitation exercise is finished, so it’s unlikely to be in place for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

The Women’s Reservation Bill was approved with 454 votes

Women's Reservation Bill

The Lok Sabha has approved the women’s reservation bill with 454 votes. According to House Speaker Om Birla, two lawmakers voted against the motion in Lok Sabha. Arjun Ram Meghwal, the law minister, proposed the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam bill in the Lok Sabha. It won’t take effect until after a delimitation exercise is finished, so it’s unlikely to be in place for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

The Lok Sabha had a debate on the bill on Wednesday. Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi backed the legislation but insisted that it include a provision for reservations for OBC women and that the quota be put into effect right now. The bill states that the reservation will go into effect following a delimitation exercise and last for 15 years.

Opposition to Women’s Reservation Bill

Before enacting the women’s quota, a number of opposition figures argued that a census and delimitation were unnecessary since they would prolong the process.

Asaduddin Owaisi, an AIMIM MP, criticized the proposal and said that only “savarna women” would receive reservations under the proposal. He declared, “This government intends to expand savarna women’s representation. They oppose Muslim and OBC women being represented. Only 25 of the 690 female MPs that were elected to the Lok Sabha were Muslim.

“I disagree with this law…The bill’s supporter’s argument is that it will increase the number of women elected to Parliament. If that is the case, why isn’t the same argument used to Muslim and OBC women? Whose presence in this august House is paltry?” Said Owaisi on Wednesday. Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM, and Imtiaz Jaleel, an MP for his party, rejected the bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

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