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Govt responds to Rahul Gandhi’s letter on Women’s Reservation Bill

Replying to Rahul Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Modi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has written to Congress President, appreciating his support on the women’s reservation issue, but also asked why the opposition party was adopting a selective attitude rather than a holistic one on women’s issues.

The Congress has been stalling the Triple Talaq bill in Rajya Sabha so far. He appealed to the congress to work with the govt on the anti triple talaq and Nikah halala legislations.

Ravi Shankar highlighted that the initiative of introducing the Women’s Reservation Bill was first taken by the NDA government.

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government had  presented the bill twice, but could not get it passed due to lack of cooperation from the opposition.

In 2010 the bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha. But due to opposition by SP, BSP and RJD on issues like quota within quota, the Bill was allowed to lapse in Lok Sabha.

Ravishankar Prasad questioned the Congress why the UPA could not get the bill passed in the Lok Sabha for 3 whole years.

The letter also asks whether Rahul Gandhi had consent from UPA allies on the issue.

Ravi Shankar Prasad also sought Congress’ cooperation on granting constitutional status to OBC Commission.

Meanwhile, BJP has targeted Rahul Gandhi for his ‘I am Congress’ tweet.

The BJP said these tweets are an admission of the party’s alleged statement of being a Muslim party.

The BJP also alleged that the Congress President is in competition with AIMM president Asaduddin Owaisi for the legacy of Pakistan founder MA Jinnah.

It was reported in an Urdu daily recently that Congress President Rahul Gandhi at a program described the Congress as a party of Muslims.

Since then, the BJP has been asking for a clarification on those reported remarks.

Government welcomes your initiative to support the Bill. however, the government would like to understand fully the reasons why the Bill was not taken up for three years by the UPA government in the Lok Sabha and allowed to lapse. 

The bill was originally proposed by the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee but could not be passed for want of consensus in Parliament.

Despite disturbances, in 2010, The BJP and NDA stood in firm support of Bill and had it passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Another Bill of Significant social importance is granting constitutional status to the national commission on backward classes. It also deserves your party’s unqualified support for assured passage.

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