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Congress targets Modi over women's bill

New Delhi: The Congress used the occasion of International Women's Day to question Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to the Women's Reservation Bill, wondering why the promise made in the BJP's manifesto was not fulfilled.

While the Congress MPs raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha, the Mahila Congress organised a demonstration outside Parliament to press for the passage of the bill.

The Congress said the Prime Minister merely had hollow words to offer on women's welfare and empowerment.

Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev said: "Narendra Modiji flaunts his majority in the Lok Sabha but to what use is he putting it to? The bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha and why is it not being passed in the Lok Sabha, where the BJP has the majority? They say there is lack of consensus. Have they tried to evolve a consensus? Did they bring note- bandi (demonetisation) by evolving a consensus?"

Sushmita also pointed out that the Prime Minister spoke about toilets but not the "abnormal rise" in rapes and other crimes against women. Congress MP Rajni Patil said Modi didn't have the political will to pass the bill.

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