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Women's Reservation Bill: Rahul Gandhi says I was shocked and shattered...

Rahul Gandhi asked the government to implement this bill soon, saying there is no need of delimitation and census. He noted to just give 33 per cent reservation to women.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI)Premium
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

Amid the ongoing debate over the Women's reservation bill in the Special session of the parliament, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on 20 September said that he supports the bill, but lamented that the measure was 'incomplete' as it lacks quota for other backward classes.

"It (Women's Reservation Bill) is a big step and I am sure everybody - the treasury benches and the Opposition - in this room agrees that this is a very important step for the women of our country. There is one thing, in my view, that makes this bill incomplete. I would like to have seen OBC reservation included into this bill," he said in Lok Sabha.

Participating in the debate on the Bill in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi said that it should also have provision for OBC reservation.

"There is one thing in my view that makes this bill incomplete. I would like to have seen the OBC reservation included in this bill," he said.

"There are 90 secretaries of the Govt of India...How many of the 90 people come from the OBC community? I was shocked and shattered by the answer...I want to answer this...Only three secretaries belong to the OBC community...," says Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said in Lok Sabha.

Supporting the bill, Rahul Gandhi also raised the party’s demand for caste census and said that the population of Dalits, tribals and Other Backward Classes can only be known through it.

Adding more, he said, "You (Government) implement this bill. There is no need for delimitation and census, just give 33 percent reservation to women."

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Apart from this, Gandhi alleged that the moment the opposition raised the caste census, the BJP tried to create new distractions.

Speaking on the new parliament building, Rahul said, "The President is a woman, from a tribal community, would've been befitting to have her visible in transfer to the new Parliament building."

He added, "This is a nice, tasteful building but would have liked to see the President in this process."

Earlier, the new Parliament reverberated with explosive speeches from women MPs on Wednesday when ex-Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, DMK MP Kanimozhi, and the NCP's Supriya Sule slammed the government for failing to respect women.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Union minister Smriti Irani took a swipe at Sonia gandhi for pointing out the UPA government had tabled the bill in 2010. She said, "They say success has many fathers and failure none... so, when the bill came, some people called it 'our bill'."

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Published: 20 Sep 2023, 06:31 PM IST
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