Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 24 (ANI): DMK Rajya Sabha member Tiruchi Siva on Sunday said that BJP brought the Women's Reservation Bill with an eye on the upcoming elections and slammed the ruling party for not heeding the suggestion of opposition parties to implement the provisions in the Bill before 2024 Lok Sabha election.
"The BJP government in the centre has been in power for the last nine and half years. They waited so long to bring the Women's Reservation Bill. The reasons for it that they can only say. On the eve of the elections, they brought the bill that too in a special session which means that it is only election-motivated," Siva told ANI.
He pointed out that though the Bill has been passed by both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha it did not fetch immediate results for women who have been waiting for it so long.
"So this is also an attempt by the BJP government to show that they have done something but it is not effective," Siva said.
The Parliament on Thursday passed a historic legislation to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Lok Sabha passed the Bill on Wednesday in the Parliament's Special Session with 454 members voting in favour of the legislation and two against it.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Women's Reservation Bill unanimously on Thursday with 214 members voting in support and none against.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had said that a new path for the development of women has opened for women with the passage of the Women Reservation Bill in Parliament. PM Modi said this development had resulted in increased excitement for the Navratri festival.
Addressing a public rally in Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi had said, "Women's Reservation Bill has increased the excitement for Navratri. New paths for women's development will open. I congratulate all the women of India for it. Women's leadership may be a modern approach for the rest of the world, but we are people who worship Goddess Parvati and Mother Ganga before Lord Shiva." (ANI)