Odisha: BJD demands passage of Women’s Reservation Bill in budget session of Parliament | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

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BHUBANESWAR: The BJD on Saturday demanded that the Women’s Reservation Bill be passed in the budget session of the parliament.
BJD leader in Lok Sabha and Puri MP Pinaki Mishra, who represented the regional party at the all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said party president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik has specifically requested the Union Government to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in this Budget session.
“BJD gave seven out of 21 MP tickets to women in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, being the only political party to have done so. Five of the BJD women MPs won and so did two BJP MPs. The chief minister is happy that Odisha is the only state in the country to have one-third women MPs in Lok Sabha,” said Mishra.
Mishra said while both BJP and Congress have publicly backed the demand to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill, other political parties like YSR Congress and TRS have also extended their support to the demand.
“Therefore, there should be no problem to pass the Bill in Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha has already passed it almost 10 years back. Time has come when the Lok Sabha must pass it,” he added.
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the BJD had reached out to as many as 22 political parties to build consensus over 33 per cent reservation for women in the Parliament and the state assemblies by passing the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Earlier, Naveen had also written a letter to Modi requesting to initiate steps to pass the Bill.

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