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    Parliament special session: ‘Apna hai’-Sonia Gandhi on women’s reservation bill

    Parliament special session LIVE: When asked about the Union cabinet’s reported approval to women’s reservation bill, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said “it’s out, apna hai.” Gandhi’s response referred to the bill having been passed in the Rajya Sabha in 2010. 

    The Women’s Reservation Bill of 2010 had provision for 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

    A day before, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had also echoed similar sentiments and said “”As PM, Dr. Manmohan Singh brought Constitution Amendment Bill for one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures. Bill passed on March 9, 2010 in the Rajya Sabha. But it was not taken up in Lok Sabha.”

    He said Bills introduced/passed in Rajya Sabha do not lapse and the Women’s Reservation Bill is still very much active.

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