31 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Haryana and senior leader of Indian National Lokdal, Abhay Singh Chautala, has promised his support for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and State legislature, a proposal endorsed by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
In a letter to Naveen, he appreciated the resolution passed by Odisha Assembly for providing 33 per cent reservation for women. He asserted that the women are not provided suitable opportunities in political era and treated as weaker section of society which resulted in anguish among the women.
"The Indian National Lokdal is already providing 33% opportunities for the allotment of the tickets to the women during Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. I appreciate your efforts from the core of my heart and promise as and when Indian National Lokdal will come into power in Haryana, the party will also pass legislation for providing 33% reservation for women," added Chautala.
He further said if the Parliament and State Assemblies will pass the legislation in favour of providing 33 per cent to women then the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi will come in true shape for providing justice to women.
Earlier on December 27, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh gave his approval to the proposal stating Punjab has recently passed a resolution in the Assembly in favour of 33 percent reservation for women.
On December 4, Naveen had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his support for the reservation for women in representative democracy at the highest levels. A day later, Naveen designated Odisha Ministers and MLAs to different States to bag support in favour of the proposal.
The Odisha Assembly on 20 November had unanimously passed a resolution seeking reservation of one-third seats for women in Parliament and State Assemblies. The Odisha government had raised the reservation for women in panchayats and urban local bodies to 50 percent from 33 percent in 2011.