Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said at a function here on Sunday that the Congress will pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the first session of Parliament itself if it is elected to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The Bill, which lays down 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state Assemblies, was passed in the Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010, and awaits the nod of the Lok Sabha.
Addressing ‘Sakhi Samvad’, a programme for Anganwadi workers, Scindia said, “If Congress comes to power at the Centre, it will pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the first session (of Parliament) itself.”
He also said that the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, current party chief Rahul Gandhi and he himself was in favour of women’s empowerment.
Against the backdrop of a clamour from party workers to field his wife Priyadarshini Raje Scindia from the Guna-Shivpuri Lok Sabha seat, he said he would once again contest from the seat.
Scindia also remarked, “At present, I am standing before you as your Lok Sabha member. But after the coming elections, when the Women’s Reservation Bill will be passed in Parliament, then I may have to come before you as Sansad Pati (MP’s husband).”
Praising his wife, the Congress’ chief whip in the Lok Sabha said, “She is more qualified than I am. When the women’s reservation bill will get passed, nearly 160-170 women MPs will work for the country’s fame and honour.”
He hit out at forces trying to create an “atmosphere of intolerance” but claimed the country was secular and liberal where women have always been respected.