Cong to hold press conferences in 21 cities to highlight govt's ''treachery'' over Women's Reservation Bill
"There is no connection between women's reservations and the decadal census or delimitation'' asserts Rahul Gandhi while urging the govt to implement the Women's Reservation Bill without delay
Pitching for immediate implementation of the Women's Reservation Bill, which was passed by Parliament during the Special Session last week, Congress will be holding 21 press conferences in 21 cities to expose the "treachery" by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
In a post on X, Congress Working Committee (CWC) member Pawan Khera said, "Twenty one Cities. Twenty one Women leaders. One Agenda - to expose the treachery by the Modi govt in the name of Women Reservation."
The Congress has been demanding the implementation of the Women's Reservation Bill without delay.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday, 24 September again said that the Women's Reservation Bill can be implemented tomorrow by allocating 33 per cent of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha seats to women.
"There is no connection between women's reservations and the Decadal Census or Delimitation," he asserted.
"We feel very strongly that Indian women are not participating in the political system the way they should be. The single biggest act to help them participate in politics was carried out by the Congress party, i.e., 33% reservation in Panchayati Raj which was a game changer.
"Also, please realise that when we were trying to pass women's reservation in Panchayati Raj and also the fact that the RSS doesn't allow women into its ranks. So who is interested in women empowerment is very clear," he added.
On 22 September, while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, Rahul Gandhi trained his guns at the government over the delay in implementing the women’s reservation Bill by citing delimitation and census as reasons to defer it is a ‘diversionary tactic’ and a way to move everyone’s attention away from caste census’.
The Congress Lok Sabha MP from Kerala’s Wayanad had said, "Few days ago the Special Session of Parliament was announced and with a lot of fanfare we shifted from the old Parliament to the new Parliament building."
"We were not aware of what was the main focus of the session. The Women's Reservation Bill is great but we received two footnotes that census and delimitation need to be done before that. Both of these will take years. The truth is that the reservation can be implemented today...This is not a complicated matter but the government doesn't want to do that," the Congress leader had said.
"Government has presented this before the country but it will be implemented 10 years from now. Nobody knows if this will even be implemented. This is a distraction tactic, diversion tactic," Rahul Gandhi said, hitting back at the government.
He also said that he “regrets 100 per cent” about not providing OBC quota under the Women’s Reservation Bill that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had brought in 2010.
“Yes, 100 per cent I regret that. This should have been done then. We will get this done..,” Rahul Gandhi rued when asked if he holds any regrets on the decision made by the Congress-led UPA alliance government 13 years ago.
Published: 25 Sep 2023, 9:48 AM