The Congress has made an addition of the Women Reservation Bill, to the 17th Lok Sabha elections, which is yet to take place. As soon as the bill gets passed, women would be eligible to secure 33 per cent seats in the state Assemblies as well as in the Parliament. As promised earlier in the year 2014, by two of the leading political parties of India, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, passing the bill would also give every women the exact same representation in both state and also, nationwide.
At the state level, for the upcoming election in 2019, the percentage of women participation has increased rapidly. The leading party of West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress or TMC has already allotted 17 women for the election. As well as in Odisha, BJD would present 33 per cent women for the election of 2019.
In 2014, BJP had claimed that it “recognised the importance of women in development of the society and growth of the nation”. Hence, they had promised to “give priority to women empowerment and welfare”. Though the passing of Women Reservation Bill was also promised, no actions were taken as promised by PM Narendra Modi.
In the 2014 elections, only TMC secured the most number of seats for women. The maximum seat of women MPs was 32, and TMC allotted 11 of them. There were also few political parties who didn’t allot a single seat for women in the 16th Lok Sabha elections, namely, Rashtriya Janata Dal or RJD, Aam Aadmi Party or AAP and also, Telugu Desam Party or TDP.
The percentage of women participation is increasing with every Lok Sabha election. In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, total number of candidates were 8,070. The women candidates were lesser in number, but they had secured 556 seats. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, total number of candidates was 8,251. The women candidates increased a little more than the earlier election, that is, 668. Hence, there was one per cent increase of women participation.
The step towards empowering women provides them with the equal right to participate in the Parliament. Women empowerment is much needed in India and also, worldwide. It helps the entire nation to grow strong economically as well as politically. Women empowerment leads to the development of the entire country and providing equal status to both men and women takes the country one step forward towards complete development. The initiative to pass the Women Reservation Bill has really marked a day for women towards a better future.