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Reservation for women: Odisha CM gets NCP’s support


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s attempt of ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State legislatures has received the support of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

NCP President Sharad Pawar has written a letter to Patnaik assuring the latter that the party will support the resolution regarding the reservation when it comes up in Parliament. Pawar also congratulated Patnaik for the initiative.

BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had earlier asked party’s Ministers, MLAs and MPs to meet the leaders of seven national parties and 15 regional parties in this connection.

Worth mentioning, Patnaik had on December 4 written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the latter to initiate the move to ensure the one-third reservation for women.

He had also on December 6 written to Chief Ministers of all states seeking their cooperation to ensure the 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.