Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday welcomed the passage of Women's Reservation Bill by the Rajya Sabha, describing it is as a "historic event".
"It is a very big day. In fact it is a historic event and I think finally all is well that ends well and I am very happy that the Rajya Sabha has passed it with near unanimity," he said minutes after Rajya Sabha cleared the Bill.
Chidambaram said there was just one dissenting voice in the Rajya Sabha and hoped that the same cooperation would be received when the Bill is tabled in the Lok Sabha.
Asked about the opposition of Samajwadi Party, RJD and others to the legislation, the Home Minister said they had a point of view and should have stayed in the House to express their opinion on the Bill.
"I wish they had stayed back in the House and expressed it and voted against the Bill. But some unfortunate things had happened but what is important is all is well that ends well and the House voted almost unanimously," he said.