The Odisha assembly passed a resolution seeking to give women 33 per cent reservation in the legislative assembly and Parliament on Tuesday night by a voice vote.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday moved the resolution, saying that empowerment of women is very close to his heart and called the proposal “historic”.
Earlier, Patnaik had said, “No household, no society, no state, no country has ever moved forward without empowering its women.”
Congress Chief Whip Taraprasad Bahinipati said it was a political strategy of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to move such a resolution ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He said it was aimed at influencing the women voters.
The BJD’s women lawmakers, including Pramila Mallick and Raseswari Panigrahi, lauded Patnaik’s initiative.
News credit : Indiatoday