Parliament Highlights: Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha adjourned sine die
Parliament Special Session Highlights: The five-day session began on Tuesday and is taking place in the new complex inaugurated this year.
Parliament Special Session Highlights: After the Lok Sabha passed the Women's Reservation Bill, 2023 on Wednesday, it was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The Bill grants one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to women, receiving strong support across party lines. Following an eight-hour debate involving 60 members, the Lower House passed the Bill with 454 members voting in favour and only two against it.
Asaduddin Owaisi and Imtiaz Jaleel have voted against the Bill as All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) opposed the Bill saying that it does not provide for a sub-quota for Muslim and Other Backward Classes (OBC) women. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present during the voting on this historic bill, marking the first legislation passed in the new Parliament building.
Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi set the tone for the debate on Wednesday, by advocating for the inclusion of OBC women under the proposed law while extending her party's support. She said that any delay in implementing the reservation would constitute a “grave injustice” to women.
The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill of 2023 received approval following a reply to the motion by Union law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal.
Each clause of the bill also underwent voting, and Speaker Om Birla announced the successful passage of the bill. This landmark legislation, known as the 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,' marks the first Bill passed by the Lok Sabha after it relocated to the new Parliament building on Tuesday.
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- Sep 21, 2023 11:49 PM IST
Lok Sabha adjourned sine die
Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die after proceedings completed on Thursday.Sep 21, 2023 11:33 PM IST
Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die after passing of women's reservation bill
The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned after passing of women's reservation bill on Thursday.Sep 21, 2023 11:22 PM IST
With the passage of 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' by both houses of Parliament, we have moved towards providing long-pending right to our women: JP Nadda
"There could not have been a better start for the new Parliament building… With the passage of 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' by both houses of Parliament, we have moved towards providing a long-pending right to our women. Our Nari Shakti has already proven its mettle across all walks of life, and it is now imperative that they also participate overwhelmingly in law-making processes and contribute to our nation's growth in Amrit Kaal… I wholeheartedly thank PM Modi for his constant efforts to empower women", posts BJP chief JP Nadda on X.Sep 21, 2023 10:55 PM IST
‘Where there is a will there is a way’: Union Home Minister Amit Shah as Rajya Sabha passes women's reservation bill
“Where there is a will there is a way. A historic milestone was achieved today on the path of equitable governance as the Rajya Sabha has passed the women's reservation bill. By fulfilling a long-pending demand, PM Narendra Modi Ji has sent a powerful message of gender equality and inclusive governance across the world. My heartfelt gratitude to Modi Ji and congratulations to every citizen,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah as Rajya Sabha passes women's reservation bill.Sep 21, 2023 10:43 PM IST
‘Defining moment in nation's democratic journey’: PM Modi tweets as Rajya Sabha passes Women's Reservation Bill
"A defining moment in our nation's democratic journey! Congratulations to 140 crore Indians. I thank all the Rajya Sabha MPs who voted for the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. Such unanimous support is indeed gladdening. With the passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in Parliament, we usher in an era of stronger representation and empowerment for the women of India. This is not merely a legislation; it is a tribute to the countless women who have made our nation. India has been enriched by their resilience and contributions. As we celebrate today, we are reminded of the strength, courage, and indomitable spirit of all the women of our nation. This historic step is a commitment to ensuring their voices are heard even more effectively," posts PMSep 21, 2023 10:42 PM IST
‘PM Modi's birthday as per Hindu calendar’: RS Chairman Vice President
"It is only a coincidence...as per Hindu calendar, today is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday", says Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Jagdeep DhankharSep 21, 2023 10:15 PM IST
Rajya Sabha passes Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam (Women's Reservation Bill)
Rajya Sabha passes Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam (Women's Reservation Bill). 215 MPs vote in favour of the bill.Sep 21, 2023 09:47 PM IST
PM Modi requests MPs to vote in favour of the bill
When elections take place, I request you that it is the Upper house and the discussions have also been fruitful. I request you to vote in support of the bill, says PM Modi.
"This bill will lead to a new confidence in the people of the country. It also shows the positive thinking of all the political parties which will give new energy to women's empowerment," says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha during a debate on Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 09:23 PM IST
Kharge remembers Sushma Swaraj's praise for the bill
Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge remembers late BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's praise for the bill when it was earlier introduced.Sep 21, 2023 09:19 PM IST
When will the bill be implemented, tell us the date and year: Kharge
When will the bill be implemented, tell us the date and year, said leader of opposition Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. We are ready to support the bill, bring it in next session of Parliament for implementation, he added.Sep 21, 2023 09:15 PM IST
Kharge raises objection over delimitation clause of the bill in RS
"I support the #WomensReservationBill from my heart. My party heartily supports the bill," says Congress president Kharge during the debate in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 08:42 PM IST
'Only dejected on two-three aspects of the bill': West Bengal minister Shashi Panja on the Women’s Reservation Bil
“The bill was passed (in Lok Sabha) with a handsome figure yesterday, even the TMC supported the bill. We are only dejected on two-three aspects of the bill. TMC leader Mamata Banerjee has been doing her bit as she gave 40% of tickets to women in 2019. She believes in women empowerment and exhibits her schemes accordingly,” says West Bengal minister Shashi Panja on the Women’s Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 08:34 PM IST
'In women-related matters…': Nirmala Sitharaman in RS on Women's Reservation Bill
"In women-related matters, we (BJP) do not play any politics. It is an article of faith for the PM and therefore we do everything that we have done whether it is Article 370, triple talaq, or women's reservation bill," says Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha during the debate on the Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 08:29 PM IST
'BJP has been consistently supportive of women reservation': Nirmala Sitharaman in RS on Women's Reservation Bill
"BJP has been consistently supportive of women reservation," says Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha during debate on Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 08:16 PM IST
‘Important that we build consensus; prepare for women empowerment’: Nirmala Sitharaman
"I want to credit former PM PV Narasimha Rao's government for bringing 33 percent reservation at the panchayat level. As a result, we have seen a groundswell at panchayat level where reservation has been increased to 50 percent at several panchayats showing the contribution of women," says Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha during debate on Women's Reservation Bill.
“It is important we build consensus and prepare for economic and social empowerment of women.”Sep 21, 2023 08:09 PM IST
‘Delimitation to identify number of seats to be reserved’: Nirmala Sitharaman on Women's Reservation Bill
"Exercise of delimitation will be done to identify the number of seats to be reserved for women in Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies. The reservation will cease after 15 years of being implemented," Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation Bill.
"As far as the implementation of the proposed reservation for women...After the Bill is enacted and after the Bill comes into operation...Whenever the first census takes place and the relevant figures for that census are published, a fresh delimitation exercise shall be undertaken...," says Union Finance Minister.Sep 21, 2023 08:05 PM IST
‘Long overdue’: Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation Bill
“This is long overdue. People are questioning why it took nine years to bring this bill. We wanted to make sure that we were committed for holistic development of women. There have been several events to provide dignity, houses, toilets to women. This reservation will provide reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies,” Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 07:31 PM IST
‘Wanted to dedicate this building to women’: Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on the Women's Reservation Bill
Delhi: On the Women's Reservation Bill, Union Minister G.Kishan Reddy says, "...After the inauguration of the new Parliament building, we wanted to dedicate this building to women...This will be a historical building...To introduce this bill on Ganesh Chaturthi was the government's decision...This is not from the point of view of elections... This is for giving respect to women... What the Congress government was not able to do in 60 years is happening under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi... I would like to congratulate everyone on this..."Sep 21, 2023 07:28 PM IST
‘If not us then who, if not now then when?’, BJP's Vivek Thakur in Rajya Sabha
‘If not us then who, if not now then when?’, BJP's Vivek Thakur in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation BillSep 21, 2023 07:26 PM IST
‘Historic decision will be remembered for generations’: Union minister Kishan Reddy on Women's Reservation Bill
"The Narendra Modi government introduced the first bill in the new Parliament on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi in the honour of women. This historic decision will be remembered for generations," says Union minister Kishan Reddy on Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 07:12 PM IST
‘Thought it would be implemented as soon as possible’: DMK MP Kanimozhi on Women's Reservation Bill
On the Women's Reservation Bill, DMK MP Kanimozhi says, We all thought it would be a golden moment because we thought it would be implemented as soon as possible but now we don't know. The implementation can take 10, 15 or 20 years because it has a lot of conditions..."Sep 21, 2023 06:58 PM IST
Women-led development and the Women’s Reservation Bill
September 18, 2023, will be go down in the history of Indian Parliament as a memorable day when the Women’s Reservation Bill Constitution (108th amendment) Bill, 2008 got the approval from Cabinet and subsequently passed by the Lok Sabha during the current Special Session of Parliament.
Support for implementing the Women Reservation Bill was always there. Bharat Ratna, the then prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee once said, “The Government was definitely in favour of providing for women’s reservation....If the women’s empowerment is our motto, then their representation should be increased”.Sep 21, 2023 06:46 PM IST
‘Their job to do it, we don't bother about it’: BJP MP Hema Malini on opposition on Women's Reservation Bill
On Women's Reservation Bill, BJP MP Hema Malini says, "Whatever PM Modi has done, he has done it with a good motive. No other PM has done such things...It's their (Opposition's) job to do it (oppose the bill), we don't bother about it..."Sep 21, 2023 06:30 PM IST
‘This is reality not jumla’: MoS Ajay Bhatt on Women's Reservation Bill
VIDEO | "History has been made. The bill has been passed in Lok Sabha and it will be passed by Rajya Sabha today. All those who were calling it a 'jumla' will now see that this is reality and not 'jumla'," says Union Minister of State for Defence and Tourism, Ajay Bhatt on Women's Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 06:20 PM IST
‘It has been long-pending’: SP MP ST Hasan on the Women’s Reservation Bill
"The Women's Reservation Bill is not new. It has been long-pending. Our objections are still intact, no consideration has been given to women belonging to the OBCs and Muslim community," says Samajwadi Party MP ST Hasan on the Women’s Reservation Bill.Sep 21, 2023 06:00 PM IST
‘They regret it wasn't done by them’: Haryana CM ML Khattar on Women's Reservation Bill
On Women's Reservation Bill, Haryana CM ML Khattar says, "A historic task has been done. They (the opposition) regret that it wasn't done by them but PM Modi. The women of the country are happy."Sep 21, 2023 05:57 PM IST
Congress MPs move amendments for OBC reservation, immediate implementation on Women's Reservation Bill
Congress MPs Naseer Hussain, Neeraj Dangi, Amee Yajnik, Ranjeet Ranjan, Rajani Patil, Phulo Devi Netam, Rajmani Patel, Jebi Mather, Dr L. Hanumanthaiah have moved amendments for OBC Reservation for women within 33 per cent and also for immediate implementation of women reservation in the present set up of seats.Sep 21, 2023 05:56 PM IST
‘Want PM, Home Minister to promise resignation if…’: Kapil Sibal in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation Bill
“I want the PM, Home Minister to make a statement in the house, no one will know who will come to power but if they are in power, to promise that they will resign if the process is not complete till 2026,” Kapil Sibal in Rajya Sabha.Sep 21, 2023 05:47 PM IST
‘If Congress cannot bring the bill and if BJP….’: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on the Women's Reservation Bill
On the Women's Reservation Bill, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju says, "No one should criticise the Women's Reservation Bill. Everyone must support it... If Congress can not bring the bill and if the BJP under the leadership of PM Modi has the courage to bring the bill, let's celebrate it."Sep 21, 2023 05:06 PM IST
‘Why can't the bill be implemented in 2024’: NCP Rajya Sabha MP questions BJP on Women's Reservation Bill
“Didn't you do demonetisation overnight? Didn't you declare a lockdown with almost immediate effect? Didn't you abrogate article 370 without any notice? You are indeed a very capable government. Then why are you taking so long? Why can't the bill be implemented 2024?,” NCP's Vandana Chavan on Women's Reservation bill in Rajya Sabha.Sep 21, 2023 04:57 PM IST
‘You brought a bill with conditions’: Congress MP in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation Bill
“You have brought a bill with conditions. You do not want women to get empowerment, you don't want women to sit at the table. Delimitation and census — what have you been doing for the past nine years? You have only been doing lip service,” Dr Amee Yajnik in Rajya Sabha.Sep 21, 2023 04:54 PM IST
‘For the first time in history of Parliament, I was suspended’: TMC MP Dola Sen
On the Women's Reservation Bill, TMC MP Dola Sen says, "You must have seen how the decision on NPR, NRC, and CAA happened. How the decision on the farmers' bill happened you had seen...For the first time in the history of the Parliament...I was suspended... We will welcome it if they implement it (Women's Reservation Bill)..."Sep 21, 2023 04:45 PM IST
‘Why passing the bill in Special Session when it will come in effect after 10 years?’: RLD's Jayant Chowdhary questions in RS
“If we follow your steps, 10 years are gone. Then, why is the special session being held for passing this bill? Why are you passing it in such haste? There is no need for the delimitation process. The bill which was presented during the Atal Bihari government, what was wrong with it? Your policy is good, intentions aren't,” RLD's Jayant Chowdhary in Rajya Sabha.Sep 21, 2023 04:41 PM IST
‘AIADMK will support the bill’: Party leader M Thambi Durai
AIADMK M Thambi Durai says outside Parliament, "This is a historic bill. In 1998-99, I was the Law Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. I introduced the bill at that time. It is a very happy occasion for me and the AIADMK Party...Now the Modi Government has brought this bill... AIADMK will support this bill."Sep 21, 2023 04:39 PM IST
‘Request reservation within reservation’: SP leader Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation bill
“We are not against this bill. We all support this bill but we have some conditions. They are the same conditions mentioned before. If you are really serious about giving tickets to 33 per cent to the minority communities, pass it. You have the strength, make the bill. Do not bring something you do not mean. Don't advertise it. I request reservation within reservation. 20 per cent and 15 per cent seats should be given to minority communities including Muslim women,” Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan said in Rajya Sabha on Women's Reservation bil.Sep 21, 2023 04:22 PM IST
‘It is Narendra Modi…’: BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi in Rajya Sabha
“It is Narendra Modi who does what he promises. He promised women empowerment and he delivered 33 per cent of reservation,” BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi lashes at Opposition in Rajya Sabha.Sep 21, 2023 04:20 PM IST
‘BJP's intent not clear…’: Congress Rajya Sabha MP on Women's Reservation Bill
On the Women's Reservation Bill, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Singh Hooda says, "...The BJP's intent in this is not clear... If the intent was women's empowerment, then it should have been implemented immediately... Earlier too, when the Bill was introduced in 2010 or 1979, the BJP opposed it... Today we are trying to pass this in Rajya Sabha with common consensus..."Sep 21, 2023 03:56 PM IST
Parliament Special Session Live: War of words between RS Chair, Cong MP
A war of words breaks out between Rajya Sabha Chair, Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar, and Congress MP KC Venugopal on President Droupadi Murmu not being invited at the the inuguration of the new Parliament.
“We cannot trade on deficiencies. We can't trade ignorance of others. Let me make it very clear, Vice President and President have been accorded the highest respect in the country. There has been no constitutional transgression. The position of the President and the Vice President or the chairman has to be kept at their level as expected and that was done,” says Dhankhar on Venugopal's ‘insult to President’ charge.Sep 21, 2023 03:32 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: ‘Why BJP running away from caste census?’ questions Cong's Venugopal
“It was the Congress which gave the first woman PM, first woman President, first woman Lok Sabha Speaker, and first woman Governor but the BJP is trying to become champions of women's rights. Why is the BJP running away from caste census if they care about OBCs?” asks Congress' KC Venugopal in Rajya Sabha.Sep 21, 2023 03:04 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: Discussion on Women's Reservation Bill underway in Rajya Sabha
Discussion taking place a day after Lok Sabha passed the bill with 454 MPs supporting it, and two against.Sep 21, 2023 02:31 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: 'We still have a chance to send Women's Reservation Bill to Select Committee,' says RJD MP in Rajya Sabha
There is still a chance to send it (Women's Reservation Bill) to the Select Committee and incorporate SCs, STs and OBCs: Manoj Jha, RJD MPSep 21, 2023 01:47 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: ‘Dangling carrot to women’ Congress MP takes swipe at centre over women's quota bill
Congress MP Rajeev Shukla took a swipe at BJP-led Centre for introducing the Bill just before the general election next year, saying, “It (Women's Reservation Bill) will be passed (in Rajya Sabha) unanimously because Congress is supporting it. (However), this Bill is only dangling the carrot to women because it cannot be implemented (immediately).”Sep 21, 2023 01:16 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: ‘Chandrayaan-3 is the result of 50 years of scientific work’ TMC MP says in LSSep 21, 2023 01:10 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: ‘It has been brought with two conditions…’ MP Karti P Chidambaram on women's quota bill
Congress MP Karti P Chidambaram said that the Women's Reservation Bill is a ‘symbolic gesture,’ and he hopes it comes into effect immediately, despite having pre-conditions.
“We have supported it wholeheartedly but that's not going to come into effect immediately. There are two conditions in precedence which need to be fulfilled before it becomes operational. One is the Census...the next Census has to be time-consuming but when the Census happens there will also be demands from anybody for the caste census. So that has to be sorted out... The next is delimitation which is even more complicated because if you start allocating seats according to population the southern states which have implemented population control will be penalised...That will be unacceptable...While it is a good gesture we still have a long way to go before it becomes operational,” he said. (ANI)Sep 21, 2023 12:50 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: RS Chairman reconstitutes panel of Vice-Chairpersons with 13 women members for the day
Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday reconstituted the panel of Vice-Chairpersons comprising 13 women Rajya Sabha Members for the day as the House discusses the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam Bill, 2023.Sep 21, 2023 12:35 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: ‘This is a historic moment’ Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi on LS passing reservation Bill
Regarding the Lok Sabha's passage of the Women's Reservation Bill, 2023, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi remarked, “This is a historic moment. The Women's Reservation Bill received Lok Sabha's approval yesterday, with every political party supporting it. Given the level of support the central government has garnered for this, I hope that the spirit of the Bill will be upheld.”Sep 21, 2023 12:22 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE updates: 'No political gains, aiming for empowerment,' says Nadda on women's quota bill
Speaking about women's reservation in legislation, BJP President and Rajya Sabha MP JP Nadda emphasised, “I want to clarify that the Bharatiya Janata Party is not pursuing political gain but rather aims to empower women.”
The discussion on the Women's Reservation Bill, 2023, commenced during the special five-day Parliament session on Thursday. This legislation, known as the 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,' marks the first bill passed by the Lok Sabha during the special session, following its relocation to the new Parliament building on Tuesday.Sep 21, 2023 12:00 PM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: 'I'm confident that RS too will pass this Bill' BJP president JP Nadda
During the discussion on Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, BJP president and MP JP Nadda says, “We all know that the proceedings in this new Parliament began from Ganesh Utsav and yesterday in Lok Sabha, the Women's Reservation Bill - Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam - was passed without any obstacles. I am confident that it will be passed here unanimously without any obstacles.”
Nadda further said, “Women always had an important role in the Indian culture. We have always seen her as 'Shakti', 'Devi' and someone who guides the society.”
“If we speak of ISRO and look at the scientists - be it Mars Mission or Chandrayaan or Aditya L-1, women scientists have a significant contribution in all of them,” he added.Sep 21, 2023 11:52 AM IST
Parliament Special Session LIVE: What comes next after women's quota bill is discussed in RS?
The 128th Constitution Amendment Bill, endorsed by a two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha by Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal. The Rajya Sabha will allocate seven and a half hours for the bill's discussion, and it is widely anticipated to receive approval in the Upper House. Following this, it will need the approval of the majority of state assemblies. Implementation will occur after a delimitation exercise based on Census data is completed.
This marks the seventh attempt, dating back to 1996, to pass the women's reservation bill.Story SavedLive Score