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Women Reservation Bill

The women’s reservation bill was first introduced 23 years ago

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All India Mahila Congress workers, led by Sushmita Dev, raise slogans as they take out a jeep rally to protest against the centre over the passage of Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament, in New Delhi.

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Social activist Ranjana Kumari along with Alka Lamba and National Alliance of Women activists holding placards during a demonstration demanding the tabling of the Women's Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha, at Connaught Place in New Delhi.

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Police detain women activists of various organisations during a protest march for Women's Reservation Biil in Patna.

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Activists of Communist Party of India (Marxist) hold placards during a protest as they demand for Women Reservation Bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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NCP MP Supriya Sule, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, CPI(M) leader D Raja and others during a protest for Women's Reservation Bill at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

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NCP MP Supriya Sule and DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi during a protest for Women's Reservation Bill at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi.

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Prominent Woman Activist Ranjana Kumari participate in a protest demanding the passing of the Women's Reservation Bill in New Delhi.

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Women activists participate in a protest demanding the passing of the Women's Reservation Bill in New Delhi.

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Naga women hold placards during a protest rally in support of Women's Reservation Bill in Dimapur, Nagaland.

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Women protest near the Parliament in support of the women’s reservation bill, a bill that would reserve one-third of the legislature's seats for women, in New Delhi.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar with Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ajit Singh, Lalu Prasad, Praful Patel and other political leaders during an all party meet over Women’s Reservation bill at Parliment House in New Delhi.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar being greeted by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj during an all-party meeting on Women's Reservation Bill, in New Delhi.

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United Stand The Left initiative on 33% reservation for women saw women of all ideological hues make common cause

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A woman holds a placard demanding 33-percent reservation for women as policemen stand guard during a rally to mark International Women's Day in New Delhi. International Women's Day is being marked across the world.

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BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati making an aerial survey of party's dharna against the Women Reservation Bill in its present form in different parts of the state.

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Finance Minister and Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj with RJD Chief leader Lalu Prasad Yadav along with other leaders at an all-party meeting to discuss the Women's Reservation Bill, at Parliament in New Delhi.

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Union Railway Minister Mamata Bernarjee interacts with RJD Chief leader Lalu Prasad Yadav after attending an all-party meeting in the Parliament to discuss the Women's Reservation Bill, in New Delhi.

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Lyricist Javed Akhtar holds a placard during a dharna by secular Muslim citizens to support Women's Reservation Bill in New Delhi.

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“Don’t speak for us women... and don’t divide us. Let us speak for ourselves.”
Mohsina Kidwai, RS MP, Congress

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“The bill, in its present form, won’t help. I’m from a backward caste...but not all women are.”
Tabassum Hasan, BSP MP, Kairana

Nirala Tripathi

“What have these men who oppose it done for women in their own parties?”
Najma Heptullah, Rajya Sabha MP, BJP

Narendra Bisht

“Unless there is reservation, there’s no way women will be elected to Parliament....”
Mausam Noor, Congress MP, Malda

Tribhuvan Tiwari

“Even the Constitution says no separate Muslim reservation. Why make a fuss?”
Mafuja Khatun, CPI(M) MLA, Kumarganj, WB

Sandipan hatterjee

“Women’s reservation is also a victory for Muslim women.”
Farzana Choudhury, CPI councillor, Calcutta

Sandipan Chatterjee

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BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati being garlanded by party workers during the party's Maharally, organised to mark its silver jubilee celebrations, in Lucknow. A stark display of wads of Rs 1,000 notes, stitched in this mammoth garland and estimated to be running into millions of rupees, presented to her at the rally have given more ammunition to the Opposition to target her. Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav has demanded a CBI inquiry into how such a huge amount was openly given in public.

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Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Rabri Devi along with Muslim women staging dharna against Women’s Reservation Bill in its current form, at Kargil Crossing in Patna

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Shivsena spokesperson Nilam Ghorhe along with party women greeting party chief Balasaheb Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai. She thanked him and expressed gratitude as Shivsena Members in Rajya Sabha voted in support of Women's Reservation Bill.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi being greeted by UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi (C) and a group of party women, for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, at her residence in New Delhi.

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Her space Hemavathi at work in the panchayat office

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Leading light Safia Khan, chief of the Alwar zilla parishad

Fast learner Geeta Chaudhury of Jaguvas, Alwar, who is confident enough to contest even on a general seat

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Arun Jaitley and S.S. Ahluwalia at Parliament on March 9

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Opposing Yadavs Mulayam-Laloo oppose women’s reservation

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Women first CPI(M)’s Brinda Karat and BJP’s Sushma Swaraj embrace each other

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi being greeted by a delegation of party women, for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, at her residence in New Delhi.

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Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee speaks in the House in New Delhi. The stand-off over Women's Reservation Bill ended today with government announcing that the proposed legislation would be brought in the Lok Sabha only after consultations with all sections.

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In Absentia
The RS vote on the Women’s Reservation Bill saw at least one BJP MP defying the party whip. The party’s man of letters Arun Shourie did not surface till the day after, and strangely, offered no explanation for his absence. Incidentally, Shourie’s Rajya Sabha term ends after this session of Parliament. As everyone knows, he hasn’t been too happy with the current bjp leadership and famously fulminated some months ago by calling certain leaders “Humpty Dumpty” and other colourful names. He had topped this up with long rants in national dailies quoting freely from Alice in Wonderland. Nobody really understood “ki Shourie ko itna gussa kyon ata hai” but he perhaps felt that he does not get his due in the party. That apart, the question now is: doesn’t the one-time crusader believe the women’s issue was worth his while? Hmmm.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav talks to the media over Women's Reservation Bill at Parliament House in New Delhi. RJD and Samajwadi Party members today staged a walk out in Rajya Sabha demanding revocation of the suspension of seven members who were marshalled out from the House for their "unruly" behaviour while protesting against the Women's Reservation Bill.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi being greeted by party women for passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, at her residence in New Delhi.

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Members of women organisations celebrating the passage of Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, in front of the assembly in Lucknow.

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Women Congress workers celebrate the passage of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha with colours in Kolkata.

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Women members of BJP celebrating the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha in Shimla.

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The left and the right together: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Najma Heptullah and CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

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The left and the right together: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Najma Heptullah and CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

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Congress workers celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha at Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee office in Ahmedabad.

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Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader Najma Heptullah and CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat show victory sign as they celebrate the passing of Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.

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Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, looks on as RJD party president Lalu Prasad Yadav talks to the media against the Women's Reservation Bill, outside the Parliament in New Delhi. Congress President Sonia Gandhi today took a dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad telling him in a lighter vein that he needed to be on the side of the Women's Reservation Bill since he has seven daughters.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari asking the members, who were creating a ruckus over Women's Reservation Bill, to maintain decorum in the House in New Delhi. Lok Sabha was adjourned thrice today following unrelenting protests by SP, RJD and JD(U) members over the Women's Reservation Bill.

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Members of the All India Women Congress celebrate the tabling of Women's Quota Bill in the Parliament at Parliament Street, on the occasion of the International Women Day in New Delhi.

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Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav join their hands as they come out of the Parliament House to protest against Women's Reservation Bill, in New Delhi. RJD and SP withdrew their support from the government over the issue.

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Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari trying to calm down SP and RJD MPs shouting slogans over Women's Quota Bill and one of the protesting MPs trying to snatch the copies of Women's Reservation Bill from Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to prevent its tabling in House in New Delhi.

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Women are seen travelling in a local train in Mumbai. Government today expressed confidence over passage of Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament, saying though it did not want to "bulldoze" those opposing it, they should understand that equality was a fundamental right.

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RJD chief Laloo Prasad speaks on Women reservation bill at his residence during press conference at Patna. He said his party will oppose "tooth and Nail" the measure and is "even prepared to be marshalled out" of the House.

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A woman fills petrol in a customer's motorcyle at a petrol pump in Ahmadabad. She has been in this job for the past six years and earns monthly rupees 4,500. Government will present a bill to lawmakers aimed at empowering the nation's often-marginalised women by reserving one-third of legislative seats for them.

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