"You were a minister then…": Anurag Thakur’s taunt on Kapil Sibal on Women’s Reservation Bill

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal cornered the government on the issue of women’s reservation. Now Union Minister Anurag Thakur has taken a dig at Kapil Sibal on this issue. Anurag Thakur said that Kapil Sibal was the Law Minister at the time of drafting the bill. It was first introduced in 2008 and he knows that the then Congress-led UPA had never intended to pass this bill. The Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to give due representation to women leaders in Parliament and other legislative bodies, was introduced in the House during a special session of Parliament yesterday.

Anurag Thakur alleged that Congress was neither in power in 2010 nor wanted to give reservation to women leaders nor does it want to do so now. Earlier on Tuesday, Sibal said, “They (BJP-led NDA) want to take political advantage from the Women’s Reservation Bill in 2024, telling people that they have brought a historic law. They should have done this in 2014. What is that?” Is it historical? There will be census and delimitation before the implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill. What will happen if census and delimitation are not done?”

Responding to Kapil Sibal’s comment, Anurag Thakur told ANI, “He was a minister then (in 2008 when a similar law was introduced under UPA). He knew that Congress was only pretending to bring the law. The bill was introduced in 2008 and the country held general elections a year later. However, instead of passing it, the draft law was sent to the standing committee. They (Congress) did not intend to give reservation to women then. Nor do they want that anymore.”

The BJP leader said, “Congress neither gave reservation to women under the leadership of Indira Gandhi nor made any progress in that direction under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, neither under the leadership of (Jawaharlal) Nehru ji nor Rajiv Gandhi.” There was no reservation for.” Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the bill in the first sitting of the Lok Sabha in the new Parliament House on Tuesday. It was named ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Act’.

Introducing this bill in the Lok Sabha, the minister said, “This bill is about women empowerment. By amending Article 239AA of the Constitution, 33 percent seats will be reserved for women in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Article 330A provides for reservation of seats for SC/ST in the Lok Sabha.”

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