Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi has pledged support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of legislation which ensures reservation of a third of seats in Parliament and state legislatures. The Women’s Reservation Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha or Upper House in 2010 when Mrs Gandhi’s party, the Congress, led a national coalition. “Since then it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another,” Mrs Gandhi says in her letter, vowing that the Congress “has always and will continue to support the legislation”.
The PM’s party and its allies have an easy majority in the Lok Sabha. [amazon_link asins=’B00KKL8YSE,B00KVYEOE8,B012JZVXIQ,B008QTK47Q,B01MY0H59D,B00VK1MZ10′ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’clipper28-21′ marketplace=’IN’ link_id=’6c8b921f-9ea8-11e7-82d6-41307ce2e541′] Women politicians have pointed out that male MPs are against the proposal. Women hold only about 10 per cent of the seats in the two houses of Parliament combined. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), that’s half the global average of 21.4 per cent.