Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today expressed happiness over Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s support to the former’s move of seeking cooperation from all CMs for ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State legislatures.
Patnaik also hoped that other parties will support him. “I am glad he (Rahul Gandhi) has done that. I hope other parties do as well,” the CM said speaking to reporters.
He had on December 6 written to Chief Ministers of all states seeking their cooperation to ensure the reservation for women. On the very day, Rahul Gandhi wrote to Congress/alliance governments in the states to have a resolution passed in their respective assemblies seeking one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies. The Odisha Assembly has already adopted an unanimous resolution in this regard.
The CM had earlier on December 4 written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the latter to initiate the move to ensure one-third reservation for women.
Notably, the Women’s Reservation Bill, which proposed to amend the Constitution of India to reserve 33% of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, and in all state legislative assemblies for women, was passed in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.