Making a strong pitch for women’s reservation in Parliament and state legislatures, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said it was something that should be given “respectfully” without any bickering.
Asserting that reservation for women was the need of the hour, she criticised those opposing the proposal, alluding to protests against it in Parliament in the past.
“When we ask for reservation, it is not like somebody is giving us something. It is because it is important that women should come ahead. They are 50% of the population but in making a nation, they are a full circle. All of us are for reservation. We don’t want something like that...somebody tears off documents in Parliament. Somebody is shouting ‘yes, yes, yes’ and somebody is saying ‘no, no, no’. It is respectfully that reservation should be given,” she said.
She was speaking at the valedictory session on the concluding day of the National Women’s Parliament in Amaravati.
Addressing a gathering of over 22,000 women, including girl students and delegates from across the globe, Mahajan said empowerment was not women’s “fight with man”, but whatever she “deserved”.
Drawing an analogy between a woman’s nature and the course of a river, she said a woman, like a brook, does not fight with what comes in its way but diverts and draws a new path.
“Like a river, a woman has to make her own path. It is on the banks of a river that life prospers,” she said.
Earlier at the National Women’s Parliament, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu assured, on behalf of his BJP, that they would pass the women’s reservation bill, once they get a majority in the Rajya Sabha.