Lok Sabha passes historic women’s reservation Bill

The special session of the Parliament is on its second-last leg today.

Apart from starting a new chapter in India’s legislative history by kickstarting its business in new building, majority of the attention was drawn towards the contentious women’s reservation Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday with near unanimity.

The historic Bill, termed as Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, will now be taken up in Rajya Sabha for passage for the remainder of the session. As a part of the Constitution (128th Amendment) Bill, it might require approval from half of state assemblies.

Meanwhile, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), known for siding with BJP in the Centre, has issued a three-line Whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in the House today and support the passage of the Bill.

After the passage in the lower House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I thank MPs across Party lines who voted in support of this Bill.”