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PM Modi deliberately blocking Women's Reservation Bill: Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The party on Thursday accused of "deliberately and intentionally" blocking the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament, despite having a "brute" majority.

It also threatened to protest outside and Ananth Kumar's residence if the bill is not passed in Parliament.

"When it comes to the Women's Reservation Bill the lame excuse of consensus building is handed out to stall women's representation in the Parliament which stands at a dismal figure of 11.80 per cent in This is a big lie," said All Mahila

"Did they build consensus when demonetisation was announced or Triple Talaq bill was passed," she asked.

"The embarks on another rhetoric filled campaign ignoring the demand for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament," Dev further added.

Dev said that women in the legislature was the most significant social reform that needed and "yet the Women's Reservation Bill, which has seen a tumultuous journey for decades, remains pending".

"government constantly brags about forming a government of majority after decades, however, a prime minister with such brute majority behind him has not mustered the courage or shown the conviction to introduce a bill that he promised in his 2014 election manifesto," she said.

"Empowering women economically, politically and socially by the government is a hoax and the hypocrisy of this government is exposed by the fact that the triple talaq bill was introduced and debated in a hurry without consultations with any stakeholders," Dev added.

She also said that party protested outside Parliament as neither the nor the Prime Minister was willing to hear or engage with either any political or non-political women groups.

"Giving a (portfolio) cannot compensate for dismal representation of 49 per cent percent population of in the and the assembly," she said adding if need be the party will protest outside Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman's residence as well.

"We do not need the 'consensus building', what we need now is a decision," she added.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 22:46 IST