Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Reser­va­tion for women in Parliament and state as­sem­blies is a long- pend­ing de­mand. If this be­comes a re­al­ity, then who will or should be cred­ited to make it a re­al­ity? Per­haphs, no po­lit­i­cal party would like to lose this chance to catch all the cred­its. With Cogress pres­i­dent Sonia Gandhi urg­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi through a let­ter to take ad­van­tage of his party’s ma­jor­ity in Parliament to get women’s reser­va­tion bill passed in Lok Sabha, this is­sue has once again be­come hot in po­lit­i­cal cor­ri­dors.

Sonia Gandhi could have writ­ten this let­ter im­me­di­ately af­ter BJP won 2014 gen­eral elec­tions with thump­ing ma­jor­ity. But she waited for three years and jumped into ac­tion when she learnt that BJP was pre­par­ing to in­tro­duce the bill in Lok Sabha soon. In fact, women’s reser­va­tion bill had been passed in Ra­jya Sabha in 1996 it­self and ev­ery time it was in­tro­duced in Lok Sabha, it was not al­lowed to be tabled due to rau­cous cre­ated by likes of Mulayam Singh, Sharad Ya­dav and Lalu Ya­dav.

Now, Lalu Ya­dav is no longer in Lok Sabha and Mulayam and Sharad have been side­lined and re­duced to noth­ing by their own par­ties. So, the gov­ern­ment is in an ad­van­ta­geous po­si­tion to grant women their long­pend­ing de­mand and right. But why it is keep­ing silent?

The Modi Gov­ern­ment has got sev­eral bills, in­clud­ing GST, of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments passed and en­acted them as law but usurped all the credit, leav­ing no room for Congress to claim credit even for ground­works it had done to pre­pare the bills. BJP has spent all the ar­rows in its quiver and needs some new ones to use in 2019 elec­tions. And there is no bet­ter op­tion than talk­ing about women’s reser­va­tion and ex­ploit their sen­ti­ments to turn them into votes.

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