Congress Terms Women's Reservation Bill 'Election Jumla'
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New Delhi: "A huge betrayal of hopes of crores of Indian women and girls," said Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday dubbing the Women's Reservation Bill as 'election jumla' brought by the government, noting the Centre has stated that the reservation will be effective only after a Census and delimitation exercise is conducted post-enactment of the bill.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh wondered whether the Census and delimitation will be done before the 2024 elections, pointing out that the Narendra Modi government has not yet conducted the 2021 decadal Census.
Taking to X, Jairam Ramesh said, "In a season of election jumlas, this one is the biggest of them all! A huge betrayal of the hopes of crores of Indian women and girls. As we had pointed out earlier, Modi government has not yet conducted the 2021 Decadal Census making India the only country in G20 that has failed to carry out the Census."
"Now it says that the reservation for women will come into effect only following the first decadal Census conducted AFTER the Women’s Reservation Bill has become an Act. When will this Census take place?” Ramesh added.
Ramesh further pointed out that the Bill also says the reservation comes into effect only after the publication of the next Census and the subsequent delimitation exercise thereafter.
"Basically the Bill gets the headlines today with a very vague promise of its implementation date. This is nothing but EVM — Event Management," he said.
Congress's Credit Game Intensifies After welcoming the Union Cabinet's move to introduce the Women's Reservation Bill during the ongoing special session of Parliament, Congress jumped in to take credit for the historic move. An old letter from Rahul Gandhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been widely circulated where the Gandhi scion wrote about giving ‘unconditional support’ to pass the Bill to provide legislative reservation to women.
"Our PM says he's a crusader for women's empowerment? Time for him to rise above party politics, walk-his-talk & have the Women's Reservation Bill passed by Parliament. The Congress offers him its unconditional support," the 2018 letter which was shared by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh reads.
Meanwhile, Jairam Ramesh on Monday took to X and said that it’s been a long-standing demand of the Congress party to implement women’s reservation. "We welcome the reported decision of the Union Cabinet and await the details of the Bill. This could have very well been discussed in the all-party meeting before the Special Session, and consensus could have been built instead of operating under a veil of secrecy."
The government on Tuesday introduced a constitutional amendment bill to reserve one-third of seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women. Making it the first bill to be introduced in the new Parliament building, the government said it will enable greater participation of women in policy-making at the state and national levels and help achieve the goal of making India a developed country by 2047.