Odisha CM intensifies campaign for 33% women’s reservation in Parliament, Assemblies

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to all Chief Ministers seeking their cooperation in ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State Legislatures.

The move came after the ruling Biju Janata Dal on Wednesday decided to consult 22 political parties including the Congress and the BJP in support of women’s reservation in Parliament and State Assemblies.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Patnaik too wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to ensure passing of the bill to reserve 33 per cent of seats for women in Parliament and State Assemblies.

Patnaik also delegates leaders to meet the leaders of the 22 political party leaders.

The party representatives will meet leaders of national parties – the Congress, the BJP, the Trinamool Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the CPI, the CPI(M) and the NCP.

They will also meet the leaders of 15 regional parties – the AAP, the AIDMK, the DMK, the INLD, the JD(S), the JD (U), the National Conference, the PDP, the JMM, the RJD, the SAD, the Shiv Sena, the SP, the TDP and the TRS.

Recently, the Odisha Assembly passed a resolution for making provision of 33 per cent reservation for women in the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament.

In 2011, the Odisha Government enhanced the reservation for women in panchayats and urban local bodies to 50 per cent.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan slammed the ruling BJD for its political gimmick.

“The BJD’s support to Women’s Reservation Bill is a political gimmick ahead of the election. Women in Odisha are unsafe and gangrape of minor girl in Kunduli and sexual harassment of minor girls in shelter homes in Beltikri in Dhenkanal district incidents are its glaring examples,” said Pradhan.

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