In a momentous turn of events, the Women’s Reservation Bill was successfully passed in the Lok Sabha during a Special Session of Parliament held in New Delhi. The bill, which seeks to reserve 33 percent of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, garnered an astounding 452 votes in favor of it, marking a historic mandate by all measures. Remarkably, only two votes were cast against the bill, emphasizing its widespread support.
The voting process in the Lower House was conducted manually, with slips being distributed to Members of Parliament to register their votes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the occasion with his presence and was seated alongside Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during the voting process.
The Women’s Reservation Bill required a two-thirds majority to pass, a significant threshold that it comfortably crossed during this momentous session.
The government had introduced the constitutional amendment bill the day before, rekindling a proposal that had remained pending for 27 years. This move blends history, politics, and societal imperatives, coinciding with the inauguration of the new Parliament building.
Named the “Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,” the bill will come into effect only after a delimitation exercise is completed. As a result, it is unlikely to be in force during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled for 2024. Nevertheless, the bill’s passage is a major step forward in advancing gender equality and empowering women in Indian politics.