Female Legislators of Bihar Unite for Reservation in Parliament

Lady politicians of Bihar gather outside Bihar Assembly to demand reservation for women in the Parliament.

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Patna: Female politicians in Patna on Thursday, ignoring party differences briefly to mark the International Women's day, joined hands with each other outside Bihar Assembly to demand reservation for women in the Indian Parliament.

Ladies of the Janata Dal – U, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and Congress, in a show of solidarity over more power for women in the Indian polity, huddled in the well shouting slogans favoring more seats for women in the Parliament and in the state legislatures.

The protest, however, was more symbolic than an attempt to drown the House in noises. After Speaker Vijay Kumar Chowdhary acknowledge their demand, the ladies returned to their seats and the House proceeding was allowed to move smoothly.

Demanding seats proportionate to the ratio of the women population of the country, the legislators said that though women were in a much better shape today than they were a few decades ago thanks to awareness programs like the International Women's Day, they still were considered weak by the male-oriented society and deemed unfit for many jobs.

Those who took part in today's symbolic protest included Ranju Geeta, Poonam Yadav, Lesi Singh, Kavita Singh, and Sunita Singh Chauhan, (all JD-U); Ejiya Yadav, and Prema Chaudhary (both of RJD); Gayatri Devi and Bhagirathi Devi (BJP); and Amita Bhushan of Congress.

The Speaker also announced that legislator Ranju Geeta of JD-U would be the Speaker of the House for one day during his absence.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister of Bihar and RJD leader Rabri Devi demanded more protection for the women leaders in Bihar and 33% reservation for women in the Parliament and State Assembly.

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