A number of actors were special invitees in Parliament, and Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, handed sweets to them in a video published by ANI. Kangana Ranaut and Esha Gupta were among those invited. Both performers have expressed their support for the Women’s Reservation Bill, which was introduced in Parliament on Tuesday. Esha Gupta talked to ANI about the bill and she called it a beautiful thing.
Esha Gupta talks about the Women’s Reservation Bill
Bollywood actress Esha Gupta talked about the Women’s Reservation Bill and she said that many people tried but Narendra Modi finally did it. The actress said to ANI, “It’s a beautiful thing that PM Modi has done. It’s a very progressive thought…This Reservation Bill will give equal powers to women…It’s a big step for our country. PM Modi promised it and delivered it.”
What is the Women’s Reservation Bill?
The Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks a 33% quota for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures, was tabled in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing extraordinary session of Parliament. The Deve Gowda-led United Front government tabled a bill in the Lok Sabha in 1996 to give quota for women in Parliament and legislatures. It was denied permission and referred to a joint parliamentary committee, which reported to the Lok Sabha in December 1996. The Bill, however, expired with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha.
The Bill was reintroduced in Lok Sabha in 1998 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. This bill likewise failed to gather support and expired once again. The measure was reintroduced three times: in 1999, 2002, and 2003. The Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in 2008 by Manmohan Singh’s UPA government, and it was passed in 2010. However, the Bill was never introduced.