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Live Updates: After day-long debate, Lok Sabha passes women's reservation bill with 454 MPs voting in favour

The Constitution (128th Amendment) Bill, which proposes to reserve for women one-third of seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, has linked the implementation of the quota to the already delayed Census and delimitation, prompting the Op­po­sit­ion to call the move an 'election jumla' and an attempt to 'fool women'

Our Web Desk Published 20.09.23, 11:09 AM
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other parliamentarins in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament, in New Delhi.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other parliamentarins in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament, in New Delhi. PTI picture.

  • 454 MPS voted in favour of bill, 2 MPS voted against the bill
  • Women's Reservation Bill passed in Lok Sabha, reports NDTV
  • Voting underway on women's reservation bill
  • This bill could have been used to win elections: Law Minister
  • Some have tried to give the women's reservation bill political color: Law Minister Arjun Meghwal
  • Law Minister Arjun Meghwal speaks in Lok Sabha
  • Parliamentarians currently elected in 3 categories of General, SC, ST; we have reserved one-third seats for women in each of them: Amit Shah
  • Problem is their roots are not in India, I don't want to say where they are: Amit Shah in Lok Sabha in a jibe at Opposition
  • Women's security, respect, equal participation have been life force of government since PM Modi took oath of office: Amit Shah
  • Women reservation bill is not about politics but is the need of the hour: Amit Shah in Parliament
  • Passage of women's reservation bill will mark start of new era, PM Modi presented vision of women-led progress in G20: Amit Shah
  • Union Home minister Amit Shah speaks in Lok Sabha during debate on Women's Reservation Bill
  • Was shocked to find out that out of 90 secretaries in govt of India, only three are OBCs: Rahul Gandhi
  • Moment opposition raises caste census, BJP tries to create new distraction: Rahul Gandhi during debate on women quota bill in Lok Sabha
  • President is a woman, from tribal community, would've been befitting to have her visible in transfer to new Parliament building: Rahul Gandhi
  • This is a nice, tasteful building but would have liked to see President in this process: Rahul Gandhi on move to new Parliament building
  • Idea that you require new census, delimitation to implement this bill strange; this bill can be implemented today: Rahul Gandhi
  • One thing makes this women's reservation bill incomplete, would like to have seen OBC reservation included: Rahul Gandhi
  • Huge step in transfer of power to women was Panchayati Raj, this is another big step: Rahul Gandhi during debate on women's reservation bill
  • I stand in support of women's reservation bill: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during debate in Lok Sabha
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha
  • Chandrayaan-3 mission commanded a lesser budget than some movies made on space itself: Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha
  • Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman rises to speaks in Rajya Sabha
  • Rahul Gandhi to intervene in Women's Reservation Bill debate in LS. "I will speak in the Parliament and this is why I have come here," Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying.
  • Smriti Irani slams opposition over demand for 'immediate' implementation of quota
  • Every party played politics over this bill: Chirag Paswan
  • AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi opposes Bill, calls it 'anti-Muslim women'
  • SAD’s Harsimrat Kaur terms women's quota bill ‘jumla’, seeks implementation now
  • AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi opposes Bill, calls it 'anti-Muslim women'
  • TMC MP Mahua Moitra slams the women's reservation Bill as a 'sham', challenges PM Modi
  • Do you want it or not: BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad asks Opposition on women's quota
  • Will the reservation be implemented in Rajya Sabha as well: Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav
  • Law Ministry gave them original Constitution: Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Jethmalani on claims of missing words in copies of Constitution
  • Let's make a Constitutional amendment: Supriya Sule on OBC quota demand
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm
  • JD(U) calls women's reservation Bill 'panic reaction to INDIA alliance'
  • Under CM Mamata Banerjee's vision, initiatives are being taken to uphold women's rights. She has passionately advocated the women's reservation right from 1996 when it was tabled first: Ghosh Dastidar
  • We have more women ministers than any other party in the country: Ghosh Dastidar
  • In Bengal, important portfolios like health, law, and industry, are being held by women: Ghosh Dastidar
  • This bill should have come in 2014, not before the election just to put out a gimmick: Ghosh Dastidar
  • Trinamul Congress has nearly 40% of women members in the state of West Bengal: Ghosh Dastidar
  • TMC's Kakoli Ghoshi Dastidar: The Bill has already been implemented in West Bengal
  • Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, AITC Barasat (West Bengal) rises to speak
  • We don't want to be put on pedestal, we want respect: Kanimozhi
  • Why should implementation be connected to delimitation: Kanimozhi
  • Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, DMK (Tamil Nadu) rises to speak
  • Congress did not speak about OBC reservations earlier: Dubey
  • New things being said for political angles: Dubey
  • Nishikant Dubey (BJP, Jharkhand) rises to speak
  • The Bill must make provisions for reservation for OBCs, SCs and STs: Sonia
  • I am happy, but also have a worry: Sonia
  • We want immediate implementation of Bill: Sonia
  • Congress supports the Women's Reservation Bill: Sonia
  • Rajiv Gandhi introduced the Bill, this is an emotional moment for me: Sonia
  • It is difficult to gauge the extent of patience of women; they never think of taking rest: Sonia Gandhi in LS
  • I stand to support the bill: Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha during debate on women's reservation bill
  • We have to recognise the importance of women : Sonia
  • Women not only give birth, but raise us to: Sonia
  • Sonia Gandhi rises to speak for the Congress on Women's Bill
  • Time allocated for women's bill is 7 hours
  • These provisions will be in place for 15 years: Law minister
  • 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha: Law minister
  • Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moves women's reservation bill for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha
  • Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal addresses Lok Sabha
  • Third day of Special Parliament Session underway

Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is likely to lead the party's charge in the debate on the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday while the ruling BJP has lined up a long list of leaders, including Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharaman, to push its case.

The government introduced the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, reserving 33% of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, in Parliament on Tuesday. The Bill will be taken up for discussion on Thursday when the House meets at 11 am.

The list of speakers who will debate on behalf of the BJP includes Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Bharti Pawar, Aparajit Sarangi, Sunita Duggal and Diya Kumari, reported NDTV.

The Constitution (128th Amendment) Bill, which proposes to reserve one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women, has linked the implementation of the reservation to the already delayed Census and to delimitation, which has been frozen by law till 2026.

This prompted the Op­po­sit­ion to describe the bill as an “election jumla” and an attempt to “fool women”.

Clause 334(a) of the bill states that the women’s quota “shall come into effect after an exercise of delimitation is undertaken for this purpose, after the relevant figures for the first census taken after commencement” of the women’s reservation law have been published.

The decadal census — which was to have been conducted in 2021 but was delayed purportedly because of Covid — has not been undertaken yet. No reason has been cited for this inordinate delay.

A freeze till 2026 was put on delimitation by the Vajpayee government.

The Opposition has found two talking points to attack the government. The parties said the Bill was a “huge betrayal” of the hopes of women as the implementation date had been kept vague and criticised the government for not providing quota for backward classes.

The Congress marked a complete turnaround from its position in 2010 when it failed to push the Bill through inthe Lok Sabha — it was approved by the Rajya Sabha — because of stiff Opposition from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) over their demand for quota within quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and minorities.

On Tuesday, the Congress, too, demanded reservation for OBCs, which is in sync with the larger Opposition bloc’s caste census demand.

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