The fate of many important legislative bills are still stuck as they were listed for business but did not come up for discussion even once due to stalling of the Parliament proceedings by opposition party. This was stated by BJP Mahila Morcha District President Rekha Mahajan while expressing concern over the uncalled for protests and slogans by Congress in particular over the issue of demonetization and said that the disrupting Parliament proceeding has harmed the interests of the women.
Rekha Mahajan said that it is most unfortunate and glaring example of discriminatory attitude towards the women of the country that today even after a long period of twenty years, much awaited Women Reservation Bill continues to languish in Lok Sabha. This Bill, is one of the longest pending legislations in the Indian Parliament, which seeks 33.33 per cent seats to be reserved for women in the Lok Sabha or the Lower House of Indian Parliament and in the State Legislative Assemblies. This Bill was introduced in the Indian Parliament long back in 1996.
Although after a long battle, the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010, but it never made to the Lok Sabha and could not become a law and implemented.
Rekha Mahajan said that it was highly expected that the bill would be passed unanimously in Lok Sabha during the current session but again failed to see the light of the day because of the continuous uproar created by the opposition in the Parliament on the issue of Demonetization.
“On one hand the opposition parties, Congress in particular talk about welfare, empowerment of women but take a total U-turn when it comes to extend support for any legislation exclusively for women which is pending since long. She appealed the womenfolk to themselves see as to who is concerned for their social, economic and political empowerment and who is against any such initiative which has the potential of bringing them at par with men.