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TMC to push for the introduction of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha

On Monday, TMC (Trinamool Congress) in the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien said that he has given the notice to move a motion for the introduction of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the upper house. Among all major political parties, the TMC party has a maximum percentage of women MPs, he further said that the notice has been given for motion under Rule 168 to introduce the bill.

Rule 168 allows the house members to raise issues of public interest.

Sharing percentage-wise details of women MPs of all major parties, he said the Trinamool Congress has a maximum of 37% of women MPs, while the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has only 13%.

The Women’s Reservation Bill was first introduced in the year 1996 by the United Front government led by Deve Gowda in the Lok Sabha. Thereafter, the bill was introduced in 1988, 1999, and 2008.

In the year 2008, the bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha and after scrutiny by the standing committee, it was passed by the Upper House in 2010 and then sent to the Lok Sabha. However, the Bill lapsed with the end of the 15th Lok Sabha in the year 2014.