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Abdullah Seeks Passage of the Women’s Reserve Bill in Parliament | India News


JAMMU: The President of the National Conference, Farooq Abdullah, criticized the BJP on Monday for the delay in passing the women’s reserve bill in Parliament despite having a majority. Abdullah said the passage of the women’s reserve bill would be the “greatest service” for women in the country.
Addressing a function to mark International Women’s Day at the party’s Jammu headquarters, Abdullah said that men could basically talk about empowering women, but they don’t want that to happen.
“The BJP has a majority in Parliament, and had approved agricultural laws and the revocation of Article 370, although the people were not in their favor. Why don’t they pass this law (women’s reserve) when the whole country wants it? Abdullah asked.
“I will see if they will approve it or not this time,” said the Srinagar deputy.
Abdullah, who surprised the crowded gathering by sitting on the floor instead of taking a chair on the days out of respect for women on the occasion, said that empowering women is the empowerment of every household in the country.
The bill was first introduced by the United Front government in 1996 and was later introduced by the Vajpayee government several times. However, it could never be approved in either of the two Houses on all these occasions.
Prospects for its passage were rejoicing when the UPA government introduced it to the Rajya Sabha in 2010 and succeeded in getting it passed in the Upper House. However, the reluctance of some of its allies and opposition from backward caste MPs from many parties meant that it expired with the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.
Speaking briefly to reporters in a separate function in the city, the North Carolina leader said the “biggest responsibility” for everyone on this day was to pass the women’s reserve bill.
“This will be the greatest service we can do to our sisters and mothers,” the former prime minister said.
In attacking the BJP for removing the special status of the old state, Abdullah said that all the promises made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir had failed.
“They promised a new dawn, development and prosperity … Where is the development? What happened to the promised 50,000 jobs?” I ask.
Abdullah said that rising fuel and commodity prices had broken the backbone of ordinary people. He claimed that poverty had gripped the people of Jammu and Kashmir and that it was very difficult for them to meet their daily needs.
“They (the Center) promised Rs 80 billion (PM development package) during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s tenure, but Mehbooba (Mufti) says only Rs 10 billion was delivered.
“Now they are talking about Rs 28,000 crore, but nothing has changed on the ground and it is evident from the state of the roads, the shortage of water and the unavailability of electricity,” he said.
He also criticized the central government for sending coronavirus vaccines to different countries, saying that priority should have been given to the country’s population.

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