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Govt took 'huge risk' on Women Reservation Bill: Sonia

IANS  New Delhi, March 09, 2010
First Published: 21:20 IST(9/3/2010) | Last Updated: 21:37 IST(9/3/2010)

Relieved and happy at the passage of Women's Reservation Bill by the Rajya Sabha, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the government had decided to take the "huge risk" as it involved the larger issue of empowering women.


Acknowledging that she was "tense" when she watched the Rajya Sabha proceedings on TV, she said the government had
gone ahead with the bill after assessing the "negatives and positives".

Gandhi expressed gratitude to BJP and Left parties as also coalition partners for extending support to the bill and
said those who had not backed it would realise what they had missed.

"It is a huge risk but we have taken such risks before," Gandhi told NDTV after the Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution
(108th Amendment) Bill with an overwhelming majority.

To a question, she said "politics is always full of risks. There will be impact one side or the other but the larger picture of women empowerment has to be taken in mind."

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