Government showing disregard for Women’s Reservation Bill: Congress

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of showing gross disregard for the Women’s Reservation Bill.

“This government has shown gross disregard towards the Women’s Reservation Bill, providing for 33 percent reservation in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

“Despite the fact that the previous government had passed the bill in the Rajya Sabha, in spite of grave numerical limitation, the government has shown inexplicable apathy towards the bill,” said Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said: “For all his talk of empowerment and ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ endeavour, his colleagues in the party exhort women to produce more children and restrict what they wear.”

“We would like to ask the prime minister why is he silent? Why is there no concrete assurance about passing the Women’s Reservation Bill,” Dev asked.

Dev said: “We would like to know what Sushma Swaraj, an old supporter of the bill, Uma Bharati, Najma Heptullah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Maneka Gandhi, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Smriti Irani are going to do about it?”

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