Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 11, 2010 06:35 hrs

The Women’s Bill, which seeks to reserve 33 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies, has divided the entire political spectrum with Opposition parties like the BJP and Left parties supporting the Congress-led UPA government on it and past allies like the RJD and Samajwadi Party opposing it. Both houses of the Parliament witnessed unprecedented pandemonium which led to the suspension of seven MPs from the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on Tuesday. And now, it is the turn of the Lok Sabha to endorse it.

Debate: Will 33 pc quota help women?

Live updates from Parliament:

- If changes are made in the Bill, it will be taken to RS again: Pranab
- Pranab says all issues will be discussed
- Lalu wants provisions for creamy layer 
- Lalu says RJD is not against the Bill
- Rajya  Sabha adjourned till 11:30 am
- Uproar in Rajya Sabha
- JD-U wants all party meet
- Lok Sabha discusses Women's Bill

MARCH 10, 2010

- Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
- Pandemonium in Lok Sabha over Women's Bill
- Why no reservation for women in RS, asks Mamata
- Mamata says Trinamool wants changes in Women's Bill
- Congress suspends Sadhu Yadav
- Suspended MPs say they won't apologise
- Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
- Revoke suspension of MPs, demand BJP and Left
- Revoke suspension of seven MPs, demands Samajwadi Party
- Lalu says fight against the bill will continue
- Lalu and Mulayam may not move no trust motion
- Lok Sabha adjourned till noon
- MPs shout slogans against the Women’s Bill
- Uproar in Lok Sabha

MARCH 9, 2010

- 186 vote in favour of the Bill, one votes against it
- Rajya Sabha passes Women's Reservation Bill

- Voting on the Bill begins
- Rajya Sabha chairman puts to vote the Women's Bill

- BSP MPs walk out of the Rajya Sabha
- BSP to abstain from voting on Women's Bill

- Discussion on Women's Reservation Bill concludes in Rajya Sabha

- Sonia speaks to Mamata on Women's Bill
- Sonia Gandhi appeases Mamata Banerjee

- Manmohan says time right for the Women's Reservation Bill
- PM says there was near unanimity for the Women's Bill
- Prime Minister apologizes to Rajya Sabha chairman for attack
- Lalu Prasad to meet President to give letter withdrawing support
- No threat to UPA Government, says Sonia Gandhi
- Lalu Prasad withdraws support to UPA

- Marshals used to stifle democracy: Sharad Yadav
- A black chapter in Indian democracy, says Sharad Yadav
- JD-U MP Shivanand Tiwari reiterates support to the bill
- Bill has to be reworked before being passed in LS, says Trinamool
- Congress can't bulldoze Women's Bill, says Trinamool
- No all-party meeting was held on the bill, says Trinamool
- Trinamool has two MPs in Rajya Sabha
- Trinamool Congress to abstain from voting
- Want 50% quota: BSP
- Minority, backward women will benefit from reservation: Brinda
- This legislation will change the politics of India: Brinda Karat
- There is reservation for Dalit women in the bill: Congress

We are committed to gender parity: Cong

- Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan makes statement
- Support Bill, want voting: BJP
- Those who oppose the bill should reconsider their stand: BJP
- What happened in the House was shameful: Jaitley
- BJP slams eviction of members
- BJP leader Arun Jaitley makes statement in RS
- How can govt go ahead with voting: BJP
- Voting begins on Women's Reservation Bill
- Marshals evict seven suspended MPs
- Vote without debate
- Women's Bill put to vote in Rajya Sabha
- Rajya Sabha gives overwhelming YES to Women's Reservation Bill amid pandemonium. 
- Rajya Sabha okays Women's Bill by voice vote amid ruckus, slogan shouting by opposing MPs
- Noise, protests, disruptions and sudden voting.

Debate begins on Women's Bill

- Marshals send to RS
- Slogan shouting in RS
- Rajya Sabha resumes
- Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says want smooth functioning of parliament, passing of women's quota bill
- Rajya Sabha adjourned 9 times in two days
- The houses to resume at 4 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively
- Protests against legislative quota for women force Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjournment again.
- PM meets all Congress MPs
- Sonia asks Lalu to first let the bill be passed
- Lalu meets Sonia, wants amendment to the bill
- Suspended MPs on dharna
- Seven suspended MPs refuse to leave Parliament
- Rajya Sabha suspends 7 MPs who tore up copies of Women's Bill
- RS MPs suspended for the rest of this parliament session
- Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha resumes after adjournment
- Lok Sabha again adjourned till noon
- Errant members likely to be evicted from House

The 14-year-old journey of the Women's Bill

- Lok Sabha reconvenes after adjournment 
- Lok Sabha adjourned till 11.35 pm
- Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

- Uproar in RS
- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha reconvene 
- Yadavs ask PM to defer Women's Bill
- There should be a discussion over the bill: Meira Kumar
- Pass bill today: Sonia Gandhi
- PM's meeting with Yadavs ends
- PM holds meeting with allies and opponents
- Lalu apologises to V.P
- BJP adamant on debate on the floor of house
- Pranab meets Pro-bill parties: BJP, CPM, AIADMK, NCP
- PM to meet Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh and Sharad Yadav at 9.30 am today
Women's reservation bill stumbles on Women's Day

MARCH 8, 2010

- RS adjourned till tomorrow
- Bill deferred by a day
- Left parties want discussion on the Bill before voting
- BJP may not vote on women's bill if there is no debate
- All-party meeting to be held on Tuesday
- Women Bill likely to be deferred for today
- LS adjourned till Tuesday
- RS adjourned again, to meet at 6 pm
- PM calls leaders of parties for talks on the Women's Bill

- Marshals positioned in RS to prevent disruptions at 4 pm
- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 4 pm
- Lalu Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav meet Prime Minister
- Voting in Parliament at 6 pm today
- Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily tables Women's Bill in RS
- Opposition rushes to the well of both the houses; disrupts work
- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm
- Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Women's Bill
- Bill will be passed with comfortable majority: Congress

Women's Bill moved in RS amid pandemonium

- RS members will be taken to lobby for voting
- There will be no voting on the floor of the house in RS
- Mulayam, Lalu withdraw support to UPA govt
- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

- 27 SP & RJD MPs to pull out of UPA govt if it goes ahead with Women's Bill
- LS adjourned amid protests from SP over Women's bill
- Lalu & Mulayam threaten to withdraw support to UPA
- Four hour discussion slotted for Women's Bill
- Voting if opposition doesn't allow discussion on Bill

Seven Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for unruly behaviour

- RJD opposes Women's bill
- SP president Mulayam Singh calls the women's reservation bill 'anti-Muslim' and 'anti-Dalit'
- AIADMK pledges support to Women's Bill
- JDU to vote in favour of bill

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