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Nov 21, 2018
1:42PM

Odisha Assembly passes resolution seeking 33% reservation for women in state assemblies, Parliament

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The Odisha Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in legislative assemblies and Parliament. The resolution, moved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was passed by a voice vote last night after a debate in the House.


 The members of the ruling Biju Janata Dal, opposition Congress and BJP supported the resolution.

Currently, the 147-member state assembly has 12 women MLAs.

The resolution was passed ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, which begins on the 11th of nexty month. 


The Women's Reservation Bill is pending in Parliament.

Moving the resolution, the Chief Minister had termed the proposal as historic.

Participating in the debate, BJP legislature party leader KV Singdeo, MLAs Pradip Purohit and Rabi Naik expressed doubts over the motive of the state government behind bringing the resolution.

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