Following reports of the Union Cabinet’s clearance of the Women Reservation Bill, several political leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and others, have expressed their support and anticipation regarding the bill. Here’s what they had to say:
Sonia Gandhi (Congress Leader): Sonia Gandhi, upon arriving at the new Parliament building, responded positively to the reports, stating, “It is ours.” Her statement reflects the Congress party’s embrace of the reported decision.
BRS MLC K Kavitha: K Kavitha welcomed the move but expressed some concerns about the contents of the bill. She expressed her elation while also acknowledging some reservations, saying, “I am elated, I am very happy and I am on cloud nine dancing away but also worried a little bit.”
JMM MP Mahua Maji: Mahua Maji expressed delight over the Centre’s reported decision but stressed the importance of including women from SC, ST, and OBC backgrounds in the bill. She stated, “We welcome it as we ourselves have been demanding it for a long time. If this does not happen, then the upper-class women will take all the profit from it.”
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury highlighted the historical significance of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which was initiated by the UPA and Sonia Gandhi. He stated, “We want the Women’s Reservation Bill to be brought and passed as soon as possible.”
Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan: Jaya Bachchan expressed her happiness over the reported decision, simply stating, “I’m very happy.”
BJP MP Navneet Rana: Navneet Rana celebrated the Centre’s reported decision, emphasizing that it marks a significant step toward women’s empowerment. She said, “Today, Prime Minister Modi has ensured we get reservation in Lok Sabha and other state assemblies. We will definitely celebrate this.”
BJP MP Saroj Pandey: Saroj Pandey welcomed the reported decision and commended Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to women’s empowerment. She said, “This is an honest effort by our Prime Minister. This will give a fillip to the government’s efforts to ensure women empowerment.”
The Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to provide 33 percent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and other state assemblies, holds great significance for gender equality and political representation. Its clearance by the Union Cabinet is seen as a crucial step forward in this regard.