Parliament Special Session: Key Cabinet Meeting Concludes, No Briefing Expected
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The women's reservation bill
was cleared in a key cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi
on Monday, sources told Times Now. However, an official announcement about the bill
The government skipped its press briefing post the meeting, which was called at 6:30 PM after the first sitting of the special Parliament session.
The bill guarantees 33% quota for women in Lok Sabha and other state assemblies. Several leaders, across political lines, reacted to the reports.
leaders claimed that the bill was the brainchild of the INC and UPA.
"The Women's Reservation Bill is the brainchild of the Indian National Congress and UPA. We gave 50% reservation to women in local bodies. If they (Centre) have any sincerity in their mind, they should pass the Women's Reservation Bill in this session," KC Venugopal said.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in a tweet, said that if the government introduces the bill on Tuesday, it will be a big win for the Congress and its allies.
"Remember, it was during the UPA government that the Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 9-3-2010. In its 10th year, the BJP
is resurrecting the Bill that it had buried in the hope that the clamour for the Bill will die. On the contrary, at every opportunity -- most recently at the CWC at Hyderabad -- the Congress has vociferously pleaded for the Bill to be passed in Parliament," he tweeted.
"Only the Modi government had the moral courage to fulfill the demand for women's reservation. Which was proved by the approval of the cabinet. Congratulations @narendramodi ji and congratulations to the Modi government @PMOIndia @BJP4India @BJP4MP," Union Minister Prahlad Patil tweeted. However, he deleted the post within minutes.