Bhubaneswar: In legislative Assemblies and Parliament, the Odisha Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution seeking 33 percent reservation for women. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was passed by a Voice vote after a debate in the House.
Member of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), Opposition Congress, and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supported the resolution.
CM Patnaik had consider the proposal ad historic, while moving the resolution.
The Women Reservation Bill is pending in the parliament as the resolution was passed ahead of the Winter Session of parliament,which begins on December 11.
At the moment, the 147-member state assembly has 12 women MLAs.
Amar Prasad Satpathy the Government Chief Whip said Odisha is ahead of the states as far as women empowerment is concerned.
Behind bringing the resolution, BJP Legislature party leader KV Singhdeo, MLAs Pradip Purohit and Rabi Naik expressed doubts over the motive of the state government and participate in the debate.
In a Meanwhile, Tara Prasad Bahinipati Congress Chief whip said it was a political strategy of the ruling BJP to move such a resolution ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The resolution target is to influence women voter, on the same note, Mr. Bahinipati said that the Congress has no objection if women get 33 percent reservation in state assemblies and parliament.
CM Patnaik has said in his statement earlier, that Odisha must show its commitment and resolve to the entire country that it is the land where women are truly empowered and truly involved in nation- building.