Congress claims credit for the Women Reservation Bill in Warangal.

In Warangal, former minister Konda Surekha highlighted the historical roots of the Women Reservation Bill, attributing its origins to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. She, along with numerous Congress supporters, conducted a ceremony at the MGM Hospital, during which they adorned Rajiv Gandhi’s statue with milk, distributed sweets and fruits to attendees, and passionately spoke about the significance of the bill, which aims to provide a 33 per cent quota for women in politics, fostering greater female participation.

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Surekha recounted the Congress party’s persistent efforts to realize this aspiration since Rajiv Gandhi’s time, when he initially introduced Constitution Amendment Bills for one-third reservation in local governments in 1989. Despite its passage in the Upper House in 2010 during the UPA Government’s tenure, it faced setbacks in the Lok Sabha due to opposition and ally resistance.

Sonia Gandhi played a pivotal role in pressuring the BJP government to reintroduce the Women Reservation Bill. Surekha urged the current government not to delay its implementation, emphasizing the long-awaited opportunity for women to assume political responsibilities.

She also highlighted the stark contrast between women’s significant presence among registered voters, comprising nearly half of the country’s 95 crore voters, and their limited representation, constituting only 15 percent in the Lok Sabha and 10 percent in State Assemblies. The event was attended by various Congress leaders, including TPCC Secretary Meesala Prakash, PCC Member Nalgonda Ramesh, and Mahila Congress leaders Naragoni Swapna, Banda Rajamani, and Rahat Parveen.

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