Sonia Gandhi, the parliamentary head of the Congress party, expressed her support for the Women's Reservation Bill, firmly declaring it as a possession of her party. This declaration comes at a time of growing anticipation regarding the possible introduction of the bill in Parliament.
Gandhi's statement emerged during her entrance to Parliament on Tuesday when she was questioned about the bill. She unambiguously stated, «It is ours, apna hai.»
The Congress party has advocated for the Women's Reservation Bill for an extended period and has greeted the anticipated progress with enthusiasm.
Offering historical context, K.C. Venugopal, Congress's General Secretary (Organisation), emphasized the party's enduring commitment to women's representation in politics.
Venugopal elaborated, «In 1989, Rajiv Gandhi introduced this idea for local bodies. Rajiv ji's vision was realized in 1993.
In 2010, during the UPA regime led by Sonia Gandhi ji, the Dr. Manmohan Singh government successfully passed the Women Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha.»
However, despite these efforts, the bill experienced delays in subsequent years. Venugopal criticized the Modi government for not taking any concrete steps toward advancing the bill during their tenure, despite receiving multiple letters from Sonia Gandhi ji, Rahul Gandhi ji, and the Congress Party itself.