Rajya Sabha Passes Women's Reservation Bill In Historic Move
Rajya Sabha Passes Women's Reservation Bill: The motion was adopted by the Upper House with all 214 MPs present and voting in its favour.
New Delhi: In a historic move, the Rajya Sabha passed the Women's Reservation Bill with 214 members voting in support and none against on Thursday. The landmark bill was passed by the Upper House a day after it was unanimously cleared by the Lok Sabha. Earlier, all Rajya Sabha MPs - cutting across party lines - verbally supported the bill even as some Opposition members termed it an ''election gimmick.'' It now needs the signature of the President to make 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies official. The MPs welcomed the passing of the Bill with thumping of desks. BJP members raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and greeted him after the legislation was passed.
VIDEO | Rajya Sabha passes 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' (Women’s Reservation Bill) unanimously. 214 MPs vote in favour of the bill. #WomenReservationBill2023 pic.twitter.com/nF59adVN75 — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 21, 2023
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a ''defining moment' in the country's democratic journey as the Rajya Sabha Rajya Sabha passed the Women's Reservation Bill unanimously after a day-long debate. The Prime Minister also congratulated 140 crore Indians and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all Rajya Sabha MPs who voted for the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.
Ahead of the voting in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said, "This bill will lead to a new confidence in the people of the country. All members and political parties have played a significant role in empowering women and enhancing 'Nari Shakti'. Let us give the country a strong message."
PM Modi earlier referred to the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as a 'golden moment of the Parliamentary journey of India' and credited all the members of all the parties and their leaders for the achievement.
According to an official statement by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of the House today thanked all political parties for their support and meaningful debate regarding The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha."
As per the PMO release, PM Modi said that Wednesday's decision and upcoming culmination in Rajya Sabha will change the mood of Matrushakti and the confidence that it will create will emerge as an unimaginable force for taking the country to new heights.
“To accomplish this sacred task, I, as the leader of the House, have stood to acknowledge and express gratitude from the bottom of my heart for your contribution, support and meaningful debate” " the Prime Minister concluded.
After the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, all the women MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his chamber located at Parliament House today, said sources.
On Wednesday, Lok Sabha passed the Women’s Reservation Bill, which provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023, received approval after a reply by Law Minister Meghwal.
The bill was passed following division, with 454 members voting in favour of the legislation and 2 against it on the motion for passage moved by Meghwal. The amendments moved by Opposition members were negative, and there was also voting on clauses of the bill.
The 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' is also the first bill passed by Lok Sabha during the special session after it shifted to the new Parliament building on Tuesday.
The Rajya Sabha had earlier passed the Women's Reservation Bill in 2010 during the Congress-led UPA government but it was not taken up in the Lok Sabha and subsequently lapsed in the lower House of Parliament.
The government introduced the new bill on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the government's intention to bring 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam'. The Special Session of Parliament began on Monday and will continue till Friday.