The Delhi State Committee of Communist Party of India (Marxist) oraganised a dharna for the passage of 33% Women Reservation Bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament. Hundreds of people especially women participated in the protest demonstration.
It has been more than 20 years since for the first time the bill was introduced in the parliament by H.D. Devegoda led government in the year 1996. In the year 2003 albeit a strength of two third in the Lok Sabha in favour of the bill, the then BJP led government deliberately sidelined it. The Congress led UPA was forced to pass it in the Rajya Sabha in the year 2010 under the pressure of struggles of the left parties, in particular the CPI(M), both on the streets and in the parliament. The attitude of the Narendra Modi led government is no different than that of the previous NDA government.
Addressing the Dharna the General Secretary of CPI(M) Comrade Sitaram Yechury reiterated the demand to pass the bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament. Exposing BJP’s blatant lies he said that the BJP talks of passing the bill once they have a majority in the Rajya Sabha whereas it has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha in the year 2010. The Constitution has given us all equal rights and the fight is to uphold the values of the Constitution. The BJP being the political wing of the RSS believes in the Manusmriti which recognizes women as second class citizens. The regressive and pernicious ideas of RSS have to be defeated. When we discussed and voted in favour of the 33% Womens’ Reservation for the Panchayats then it were the same set of people who argued against it and said that women are not capable of doing anything except for household work. He concluded by saying that the CPI(M) will strengthen its struggle in the entire country against this very idea and for the passage of this bill.
The dharma was also addressed by CPI(M) Central Committee Member Com.P.M.S Grewal, CPI(M) Delhi State Committee Members Asha Sharma, Maimoona Mollah, Rajeev Kunwar, Siddeshwar Shukla, Jagdish Sharma, Rampal, Neel Gagan and others. The dharna was presided over by CPI(M) Delhi State Committee Member Com. Nathu Prasad and CPI(M) Delhi State Secretary Com. K.M.Tiwari.