Groundbreaking or just talk? What the new women’s reservation bill really means!
In an unprecedented seismic shift, the Lok Sabha has just shaken the very foundation of Indian politics by overwhelmingly passing the sensational ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’, a Constitutional Amendment Bill to reserve one-third of seats in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies for women. The numbers speak for themselves: 454 members voted in favor, while only two raised their hands against this game-changing legislation.
Amit Shah’s Game-Changing Address
Union home minister Amit Shah didn’t just address the chamber; he electrified it, downplaying concerns and suggesting that any kinks could be ironed out later. He made it clear that the next government would promptly conduct Census and delimitation exercises to make women’s reservation a tangible reality. And if you’re holding your breath for a timeline, mark 2029 on your calendar because that’s the year Shah subtly hinted at for the rollout.
A Closer Look at the Opposition’s Stand
The spotlight also fell on Union law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, who brilliantly parried concerns about the need for a Census and Delimitation before implementing the quota. Not mincing his words, he threw shade at Congress for their lack of policy, intent, and leadership in pushing this groundbreaking bill during their tenure.
Bipartisan Support Evident in Debate
A staggering 27 women members across the party lines expressed vehement support for the Women’s Reservation Bill. Congress leader Sonia Gandhi took the debate to an emotional high, arguing that any delay in implementation would amount to an injustice to Indian women. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel gave a powerful endorsement, highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to safeguarding the interests of women from marginalized communities.
There you have it, folks! The Constitutional Amendment Bill, now passed in Lok Sabha, earmarks 33 percent reservation for women in both the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. What remains to be seen is how smoothly this will transition into action, post the completion of the delimitation exercise. Keep your eyes peeled, for this could herald the dawn of a new era in Indian politics!