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Women Reservation Bill: Pending in Lok Sabha, but what MPs have to say
In an attempt to empower women in the country the government is planning to introduce the Women Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha in the ongoing winter session. The Bill which is related to the 33% reservation of seats in the Parliament for women already been passed by the Rajya Sabha in the year 2010, and is waiting to be introduced in the Lok Sabha.

Women from different regions of the country want the bill to be passed as soon as possible. Many think that women who constitute about 50% of the population in India deserve a stronger voice in the politics. At the same time there are also people who do not want any special reservation for the women and see the attempt as unconstitutional.

Let’s see who is having what views on the women reservation bill:

Renuka ChowdhuryRenuka Chaudhary, MP, Congress: “We are determined to present this bill in the parliament and want that the bill must be passed in this session. But it all depends upon the opposition and the Parliamentary procedure that how much they corporate with us to pass this bill”.

Meenakshi LekhiMeenakshi Lekhi, Spokesperson, BJP: “BJP always supports the women reservation bill; we were never against the bill. It’s the Congress that plays gimmick like they did with the Lokpal Bill. We think that this bill must be passed to empower the women of the country.”

shivanand tiwariShivanand Tiwari, MP, JDU: “We not only support this bill but we have also passed the Bill in the state assembly, and every member of JDU support this bill. They want that this bill must be passed in the Parliament also. But seeing the present condition of the Parliament it looks bit difficult. I''ll not say that it is impossible to pass the bill in this session but the way the parliament is getting adjourned without any major work it is bit difficult that this bill will be passed in this session. The bill has been pending since 2 years. Why they didn't pass the bill till now, and as far I can see no party will let the other party take the credit of passing such an important Bill in the Parliament in their rule as the General Elections are just the doorstep away. Nitish Kumar is in full support of the bill and he also wants that this bill must be passed as soon as possible.

Mamta SharmaMamta Sharma, Chairperson National Commission of Women: “This bill must be passed as soon as possible. We are also trying our best to get this bill as the women of this country want this bill for their empowerment in terms of Parliamentary representation in the country. This will definitely help in empowering women in the country as the representation of women in panchayati and local level governing body has increased and they get equal chance to participate in the politics. The women of this country are becoming more aware of their rights”.

Virag DhuliaVirag Dhulia, Men Rights Activist: “This bill should not be passed by the parliament. There is no need of such bill in the constitution, and if the bill would be passed by the Parliament then it will be purely unconstitutional. It's the violation of the rights of the citizens. If anyone wants to be member of the parliament then the person should contest elections and if they win then they are welcome to the parliament. But reserving seats in the Parliament is a bad idea”.

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