Sonia regrets delay in passage of Women's Reservation Bill

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New Delhi, Nov 17 (UNI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi today deeply regretted that the UPA Government has so far not been able to secure the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament and hoped there would soon be a political consensus on the important legislation.

''I have one regret and I must be honest and share it with you. We still have not been able to fulfill Rajivji's vision of extending reservation for women to Parliament. I hope this can be accomplished soon,'' Ms Gandhi told delegates at the AICC session.

The bill for giving 33 per cent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies has been hanging fire due to the strident opposition from some of the main parties, including the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The Congress, the BJP and the Left parties are, however, unanimous that the bill must be passed without delay as it would reflect the nation's commitment towards empowerment of women.


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