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.