New Delhi, July 16 : In a fresh challenge to Prime Minister, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has written a letter to Narendra Modi, offering him an unconditional support to ensure the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, that has been stalled in the Lok Sabha for over eight years on one pretext or the other.
He added that the BJP appeared to have second thoughts about the bill, though it was one of its key promises in its 2014 election manifest
Our PM says he’s a crusader for women’s empowerment? Time for him to rise above party politics, walk-his-talk & have the Women’s Reservation Bill passed by Parliament. The Congress offers him its unconditional support.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 16, 2018
Rahul Gandhi posted his letter on Twitter and said, “Our PM says he’s a crusader for women’s empowerment? Time for him to rise above party politics, walk-his-talk & have the Women’s Reservation Bill passed by Parliament. The Congress offers him its unconditional support.”
Attached is my letter to the PM.
He appealed to the PM to ‘stand together and rise above party politics’ to send the message that the time for change has come. “Women must take their rightful place in our state legislatures and in Parliament, where they are at present abysmally represented,” he wrote.
“Given that fact that the BJP and its allies have a majority in the Lok Sabha, all this landmark legislation requires to become a reality is your support. I am sure, it will not be withheld. In order to raise awareness and build public support, the Congress party has collected over 3.2 million signatures of Indian men and women, in support of the bill. We submit these signatures to your care and humbly seek your support in ensuring that the Women’s Reservation Bill is passed by Parliament so that women can participate more meaningfully in the 2019 General Elections and the state elections later this year,” the letter reads.
“Mr. Prime Minister, in many of your public rallies you have spoken about your passion for empowering women and involving them more meaningfully in public life. What better way to demonstrate your commitment to the cayse of women, than by offering your unconditional support to the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill? And what better time, than the upcoming session of Parliment? Any further delay will make it impossible to implement before the next general elections,” Gandhi wrote.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament will be held from July 18 until August 10.