BSP chief Mayawati on Women’s Reservation Bill: ‘I doubt government’s intentions’

Image Source : PTI BSP chief Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati welcomed the Women’s Reservation Bill but doubted the government’s intentions in its implementaion. The women’s reservation bill was the first bill to be introduced in the new Parliament building on Tuesday.

Talking on the same tunes as the Congress, the BSP chief questioned the delay in the implementation of the Bill. She said, “According to this bill the reservation will not be provided to women in the country in the coming 15-16 years. After the passing of this bill, it wouldn’t be implemented immediately. First, a census in the country would be conducted and after this delimitation of seats would be done. A census takes a lot of time…After this, only this bill would be implemented…It is clear that this bill is not brought with an intention to give reservations to women. But to give an allurement to the women before the upcoming elections…”

The women’s reservation bill, named Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam and introduced in the Lower House by Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, will come into effect only after a delimitation exercise is completed and is, therefore, unlikely to be in force during the next Lok Sabha elections in 2024. It was the first bill to be introduced in the new Parliament building.

Meanwhile, the Congress called it as “jumla” said the women’s reservation bill was another false promise of the BJP-led Union government as it would not come into force at the time of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.Priyanka Chaturvedi, an MP of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, said it was as if the government was `opening the door but not letting anyone in right away’.

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