In a historic move, the Women’s Reservation Bill, which proposes to allocate 33% of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies, was passed in the Lok Sabha. A total of 454 Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favor of the bill, while 2 MPs voted against it. The bill will now be discussed in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India’s Parliament, on Thursday. This announcement was made by the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Jagdeep Dhan Khad, during a session.
He stated that after deliberations and discussions with leaders from various political parties in the house, it was decided that the Constitution (128th Amendment) Bill, 2023, will be discussed tomorrow. Following its passage in the Lok Sabha, the bill will be presented in the upper house for discussion and approval. A total of seven and a half hours have been allocated for the discussion on the bill.
This significant step towards enhancing women’s representation in India’s legislative bodies has generated widespread discussions and anticipation in the political landscape, as it marks a significant stride towards achieving gender parity in Indian politics.