Renowned actor and philanthropist Lakshmi Manchu, along with fellow actresses Tamannah Bhatia, Divya Dutta, and other prominent figures, visited the new Parliament building to witness the historic moment when the Women’s Reservation Bill, titled the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,’ was moved by Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal in the Rajya Sabha. The momentous occasion was a celebration of progress towards gender equality and representation in the Indian political landscape. The Women’s Reservation Bill, when implemented, is set to bring about a significant increase in female members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, rising from the current 82 to 181, as announced by Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal during the bill’s introduction.
Lakshmi Manchu, who had the privilege of touring the new Parliament building, joined other women activists and actresses in attending the proceedings as the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha. She shared her thoughts, saying, “Honored to witness history at our new Parliament as the historic Women’s Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha. Heartfelt thanks to @narendramodi Ji and @ianuragthakur Ji for inviting me to this momentous occasion. A day etched in my heart forever. #EqualRights #IndiaRising #HistoricMoment #WomensReservationBill #NewParliamentBuilding.”
India scripted history in the newly constructed parliament as Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the women’s reservation bill, a day after it was cleared in Lok Sabha by an overwhelming majority. The motion for the Bill, which provides for 33 percent reservation for women in the Lower House and state assemblies, was adopted in the Upper House with 215 MPs voting in its favour and none against.
The Bill, which is now on its way to the President of India, will become an Act once ratified by her and be inserted into the Constitution as a new article – 334A. The voting on the Bill in Rajya Sabha was held after an 11-hour debate even as all members, cutting across party lines, supported it even as some opposition members called it an election gimmick.
The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a significant step towards ensuring equal representation for women in Indian politics, fostering a more inclusive and diverse democracy.