Union House Minister Amit Shah ripped into the Congress (he didn’t identify the get together) after it attacked the Bharatiya Janata Celebration for “delays” in tabling the landmark women’s reservation bill, which was introduced by the Union Regulation Minister in Parliament right this moment. The Congress had accused the BJP of dragging its ft over the invoice looking for a picture increase forward of subsequent 12 months’s election.
Mr Shah hailed the “unwavering dedication of the Modi authorities” and mocked the Congress for “pleasant events (that prevented)” the invoice from being tabled. The invoice was cleared by the Rajya Sabha in 2010 (when Manmohan Singh was PM) however it failed the Lok Sabha hurdle after the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Samajwadi Celebration opposed it. Each had been (and are actually) allies of the Congress.
“Throughout India individuals are rejoicing (at) introduction of the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’ in Parliament. It exhibits unwavering dedication of the Modi authorities to empower girls. Sadly, the opposition is unable to digest this,” the union minister posted on X (previously Twitter).
Throughout the size and breadth of India, individuals are rejoicing the introduction of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in Parliament. It exhibits the unwavering dedication of the Modi Authorities to empower girls. Sadly, the Opposition is unable to digest this. And, what’s extra shameful…
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 19, 2023
He additionally slammed the Congress for “tokenism” in relation to this challenge. “What’s extra shameful… Congress has by no means been severe about girls’s reservation. Both they let legislations lapse or pleasant events prevented the invoice from being tabled. Their double requirements won’t ever be hidden, no matter stunts they attempt to take credit score,” he mentioned.
Congress Claims “Our” Invoice’
The stage was set for the Congress’ assaults this morning when ex-boss Sonia Gandhi advised reporters, “It (the bill) is ours… apna hai.” Since then a number of Congress leaders have taken pains to level out the invoice was tabled in Parliament by the party-led United Progressive Alliance authorities 13 years in the past.
Kapil Sibal, who stop the get together in Could final 12 months in acrimonious circumstances, made the identical level.
“They (the BJP) need a political benefit (for the 2024 election) and need to inform girls they did a ‘historic’ factor. They need to have accomplished this in 2014 (when PM Modi first got here to energy),” he mentioned.
“What’s so historic about this? There might be a census and delimitation earlier than the invoice is carried out. What if census and delimitation do not occur? They’re simply exhibiting goals to girls – that they’ll get ‘reservation’ in 2029. They (the BJP) cannot assume something aside from politics,” Mr Sibal mentioned.
#WATCH | On Girls’s Reservation Invoice, Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal says, “They (BJP govt) need political benefit in 2024 and need to inform girls that they did such a historic factor…they need to have accomplished this in 2014. What’s so historic about this?…there might be a census and… pic.twitter.com/VEOumSlddc
— ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2023
Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh condemned the invoice as “election jumla” and a “big betrayal of the hopes of crores of Indian girls and ladies”. Mr Ramesh red-flagged the widely-reported delay in enforcement and mentioned, “Mainly it will get headlines right this moment with a really imprecise promise of implementation.”
Historical past Of Girls’s Invoice
In 2010, the invoice handed the Rajya Sabha however the SP and the RJD stalled it within the Lok Sabha.
This time round too the SP and the RJD are allied (principally) with the Congress; all three are a part of the 28-member INDIA opposition bloc, and the way they react to the invoice might be a giant check of the group’s unity.
“Making Idiot Of Girls” – AAP’s Cost
The Congress wasn’t the one get together to name out the BJP over a regulation that’s not prone to come into impact earlier than the 2029 election. “Why have provisions of delimitation and census been included? This implies girls’s reservation cannot be carried out earlier than the 2024 Lok Sabha election,” AAP MLA Atishi mentioned.
She accused the Bharatiya Janata Celebration of feigning curiosity in girls’s points and mentioned “a more in-depth studying exhibits it’s a ‘Mahila Bewakoof Bana’, or ‘Make Idiot of Girls’, invoice”.
“I Guarantee All Girls”: PM Modi
Talking within the Rajya Sabha earlier right this moment, the Prime Minister “assured” all girls his authorities stays “dedicated to creating this invoice a regulation”. In his first handle within the Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister declared, “The invoice was tabled a number of occasions… (now) God has chosen me for this pious task.”
The Prime Minister had earlier additionally mentioned passing the invoice – tabled right this moment by Union Regulation Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal – might be an “agni pareeksha“, or trial by fire, for MPs.