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Bihar women legislators raise reservation issue in Assembly

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Cutting across party lines, women legislators today joined hands in the Assembly to demand reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures on the occasion of

As the House met for the day, women legislators of all major parties - JD(U), BJP, and - trooped into the well of the House and raised slogans in support of their demand for reservation in Parliament and state legislatures considering the fact that they formed nearly half of the country's population.

Ranju Geeta, Lesi Singh, Sunita Singh Chauhan, Kavita Singh, Poonam Yadav (all JD-U), Prema Chaudhary, Ejiya Yadav (RJD), Bhagirathi Devi, Gayatri Devi (BJP) and (Congress) among others who raised the demand for women's reservation in the House.

Women legislators, who trooped into the well of the House, carrying placards and raised slogans for reservation for around ten minutes before occupying their respective seats at the request of the

Choudhary said that there was a unanimity that women should get their rights but their demand could be raised in Parliament and not in this House.

Earlier Choudhary, who appreciated their sentiment, announced that the questions of women would be taken up first on a priority basis during Question Hour with the consent of all the members.

On RJD's Bhola Yadav's demand that the presiding officer should also be a woman on the occasion of International Women's Day, Choudhary announced that it had already been decided that Ranju Geeta (JDU) would preside over the proceedings of the House for the day in his absence.

Women legislators, who raised questions during question hour, got assurances from respective ministers to get their work done.

Later, the rejected the adjournment motion moved by RJD's Shakti and for a debate on according special category status to

"The issue has nothing to do with a particular is in the interest of the state. Now there is NDA governments both at the Centre and state and hence the House should unanimously send a recommendation to the Centre for according special category status," Yadav said.

The Speaker said that there was no point in moving the adjournment motion on the issue on which the House had already sent its resolution unanimously earlier.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 16:10 IST