President Droupadi Murmu has given her assent to the Women’s Reservation Bill, days after a historic vote, has become a law.
The new law provides 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar earlier today signed the women’s reservation bill before it was presented to President Murmu for her assent.
The Constitution amendment bill was passed by the Lok Sabha with near unanimity and the Rajya Sabha with unanimity during a special session of parliament earlier this month.
The new law will take some time before being implemented as the next census and the subsequent delimitation (redrawing Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies) exercise will check the seats being kept aside for women candidates.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that without appropriate participation of women in politics, one cannot talk about inclusive society and democratic integration.
Addressing a BJP event after unveiling a statue of its ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary on September 26 in Delhi, PM Modi said the passage of the women’s reservation bill in Parliament is not only a win for democracy but also for the party’s ideology.