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Pass Women’s Bill immediately, says Jayalalithaa

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CHENNAI: Demanding immediate passing and implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa on Sunday suggested that the reserved seats be rotated every 10 years.

A press release from the AIADMK headquarters said “the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, known as Women’s Reservation Bill, is a crying need and has to be passed in the Parliament and implemented with the overwhelming support of all political parties without any delay.”

There should not be any further delay in the name of making amendments or incorporating new suggestions, it said.

Suggestions

The AIADMK also forwarded a few suggestions to overcome the opposition from some quarters to the bill.

It suggested rotation of constituencies once in 10 years to prevent “regional or constituency-wise inequities when it comes to women’s reservation.” If North Chennai is a constituency reserved for women in 2009, in 2019 it should be Central Chennai. The status should go to South Chennai in 2029.

Rejecting the opinion that it should be made mandatory for political parties to nominate women for at least one-third of the seats, the AIADMK said the political parties with inbuilt prejudice against women would allow them to contest in the constituencies where they were weak.

Political hara-kiri

“It is unwise to underestimate the opposition from the male members of the Parliament. To expect one third of the male members to gracefully accept a political hara-kiri is unrealistic. They will not give up their privileges so easily,” the party argued.

The AIADMK said women were not asking for grace and charity, saying that their contribution to the cause of nation-building had exceeded that of men. ‘Reservation for women is not a bounty, but only an honest recognition of their contribution to social development,” it added.

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