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Kavitha urges 47 political parties to fight for passage of the Bill


MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, who has championed women’s rights and social justice, has penned a compelling letter addressed to the presidents of all 47 political parties with representation in Parliament. In this letter, she has called upon them to set aside political differences and prioritise the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the upcoming special session of Parliament. She wrote to YS Jagan, N Chandrababu Naidu, Pawan Kalyan, YS Sharmila, apart from JP Nadda, Mallikarjun Kharge, Mamatha Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav & others.

The significance of this appeal cannot be overstated. The Women’s Reservation Bill seeks to reserve 33% of seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative Assemblies for women. Despite being a crucial step towards gender parity and inclusive governance, the Bill has remained in legislative limbo for far too long.In her letter, Kavitha has underscored the pivotal role women play in Indian discourse and the pressing need for their representation in legislative bodies. She has highlighted the proof of concept provided by the 14 lakh women already active in public life, demonstrating their ability to lead and govern effectively.

Kavitha has emphasised the importance of inclusivity in the nation’s democracy, asserting that increased women’s representation was not a matter of exclusivity but a means to build a more equitable and balanced political landscape. She has urged all political parties to recognise the urgency of the matter and throw their weight behind the Women’s Reservation Bill.

The MLC’s passionate appeal is a call to action, not only for politicians but also for every citizen who believes in a more inclusive and representative democracy. Kavitha’s message resonates with the values of equality and social justice, which are at the core of India’s democratic ideals.

As the nation awaits the response of the political parties to this appeal, Kavitha’s efforts have ignited a new wave of hope for gender equality in Indian politics. The collective response of political parties will determine whether India takes a historic step towards empowering its women and ensuring their rightful place in the legislative discourse.

Kavitha, former Member of Parliament, has been a prominent voice in raising the demand for the Women’s Reservation Bill. She had launched a hunger strike in March demanding the tabling and passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill and has since been engaging with political parties and civil society organisations across India to escalate the demand for passing the Bill.

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