Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav hit out at the centre on Friday, questioning the date of implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill and raising the demand to include OBC women and women from minority and backward communities in the bill.
Tejashwi Yadav said, “When will this law get implemented? Does anybody have the answer? What’s the meaning of a law if it doesn’t get implemented? We would want 50% reservation for women instead of 33%, but at least OBC women and women from minority and backward communities should also have their part in it. We want each society to be represented.”
“At last, why didn’t they give reservations to OBCs, backwards, and minorities in it?” he questioned.
“The OBC community is very aggressive in nature. They know to take their rights. So if anyone is in illusion, then it is not going to work,” he said.
The Upper House, on Thursday, passed the bill, which provides 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha as well as the state legislative assemblies, unanimously, with 214 members voting in support and none against.
Following the passage of the bill in Parliament, chants of ‘Modi Modi’ were raised by women MPs as they took turns to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the passage of the draft legislation. Women members from both Houses of Parliament, including PT Usha, and Union Ministers Meenakashi Lekhi and Smriti Irani greeted Prime Minister Modi on the historic passage of the Bill in Parliament.
Later, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die. Earlier, on Wednesday, the bill aced the legislative test in the Lok Sabha as it was passed by a brute majority of 454 votes in favour and just 2 against. (ANI)