BRS Leader K Kavitha Plans Hunger Strike to Push for Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament

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K Kavitha, the leader of the Telangana-based political party Bharatiya Rashtriya Samta (BRS), who is facing an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate in the Delhi liquor policy case, is demanding the immediate introduction of the Women’s Reservation Bill during the current parliamentary session. The Women’s Reservation Bill seeks to reserve one-third of seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies.

Kavitha will lead the protest under the aegis of Bharat Jagruthi, an NGO, with several opposition parties and women’s organizations expected to join the demonstration. The Women’s Reservation Bill was first introduced in 1996 and has since been introduced multiple times. It was passed in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 but lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.

Leaders of several opposition parties including Trinamool Congress, NCP, Sena, Akali Dal, JDU, RJD, Samajwadi Party, CPM, and CPI have confirmed their participation. Additionally, political parties across 29 states have been invited to join the protest. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP, National Conference, PDP, and JMM, along with some independent MPs, are also expected to participate in the demonstration.

The protest is expected to draw attention to the urgent need for gender parity in Indian politics and urge the government to take concrete steps toward achieving it. The Women’s Reservation Bill, if passed, would be a significant step towards promoting women’s political participation and representation in the country.

Staff Reporter