"I thank MPs across Party lines who voted in support of this Bill. The Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam is a historic legislation which will further boost women empowerment and will enable even greater participation of women in our political process," said PM Modi..‘The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023’ passed in Lok Sabha with 454 members voting in favour and two against, announced Speaker Om Birla. Lok Sabha adjourned till 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. The House will then discuss the Chandrayaan 3 success and India's science leap..Lok Sabha MPs are voting on clauses of the bill on demand of an Opposition MP..The Lok Sabha has passed the Women's Reservation Bill, officially 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam (Women's Reservation Bill) 2023' granting 33% seats to women in Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies. As per the Speaker, 454 MPs voted in favour while two voted no..Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11:00 a.m. on Thursday..The Lok Sabha will conduct a vote via ballot on the Women's Reservation Bill. The MPs will be provided a slip with 'Aye' and 'No'.PM Modi is present in the Lok Sabha during the voting..On the raging debate over addition of an OBC quota in the Women's Reservation Bill, Amit Shah hit back saying the BJP has given political representation to OBCs while opposition parties have fared poorer."Those claiming to speak for OBCs should know that it is BJP which gave an OBC prime minister. Some people think secretaries run country, I think government does; 85 BJP MPs, 29 ministers from OBC," he said..Immediately after the election, the census and delimitation will be conducted and the day will soon come that women will find their representation in this parliament.Amit Shah.Speaking on the delimitation commission, Amit Shah said such a panel would include a retired Supreme Court judge, senior Election Commission officials and other members of constitutional bodies along with representatives of political parties. He said the commission should be apolitical."If the government conducts the delimitation exercise, the opposition will say we are being political. It is therefore important that the delimitation is conducted under the quasi-judicial framework so that it is transparent," Amit Shah said.."There are only three categories for political representation as of now. The open category, which includes OBCs, and SC and ST. This bill gives women reservation in all three categories," Amit Shah said.."This amendment came four times earlier, but it couldn't be passed. Everytime, this house disappointed the country's women. I request today this House passes this bill unanimously," Amit Shah said.."We have brought this bill to amend the faults in our society and give power and respect to women," Amit Shah said.."Protection, respect and equality for women have been the lifeline of our government since its inception... Benefits of our welfare schemes do directly into the bank accounts of women," said Amit Shah.He also listed a host of women-centric welfare initiatives of the Modi government including the Ujjwala scheme, Jan Dhan Yojana, maternity benefits and health insurance..Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Women's Reservation Bill will be an end to a long fight for the rights of woman and initiate women-led development in India."Women will be able to be a part of the policy-making. For some parties, women empowerment is a matter of electoral or political talking point. But for our party, women empowerment is an actionable matters," Amit Shah said..Union Home Minister Amit Shah has started his address in Lok Sabha on the Women's Reservation Bill.."Delimitation and census not required, the bill should be immediately implemented. This bill can be implemented today. I wonder if this bill is designed to push the ball further seven-eight years," Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha.. "I would like to have seen OBC reservation included in this bill. It is important that a large chunk of India's women should have access to this reservation," Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha..Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha said he supports the Women’s Reservation Bill."A huge step forward for the transfer of power to women in India was Panchayati Raj when women were given reservation and allowed to enter politics at scale. On this (Women’s Reservation Bill) everyone agrees it is a very important step.".Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman briefs the Rajya Sabha on ISRO's Chandrayaan-3 mission."Chandrayaan-3 mission cost only around $75 million. Our Chandrayaan-3 mission commanded a lesser budget than some movies made on space itself," she said..Lok Janshakti Party MP Chirag Paswan, while supporting the Women’s Reservation Bill, said, "Every party played politics over this bill in the name of making it more effective. This is the reason why this bill could not be implemented since last 27 years.".Union Home Minister Amit Shah will speak on the Women’s Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha shortly..Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it his party's duty to give suggestions apart from supporting the Women's Reservation Bill. "We want to give suggestions to the govt...Nobody opposed the Bill in the Parliament..," he said, reported ANI..AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi demanded a quota for OBCs and religious minorities in the Women's Reservation Bill, while opposing the bill in its current form."This selective affirmative action is an election stunt. The PM says he is looking after OBCs but there is only 120 OBC MPs. This is a distraction bill and not an inclusive bill," he said..Aam Aadmi Party said it will question the government on the nature of the Women's Reservation Bill and its implementation."We will stand with the decision of the INDIA alliance on the Women's Reservation Bill. During the discussion in Parliament, AAP MPs will question the government on the nature of the bill and its implementation. The party will support the bill at the time of voting on it," AAP said, reported ANI..Supriya Sule Demands A Debate In Parliament On India Canada Row"There are a few points that I would like to raise or seek clarification from the government. I think since this is a Special Session, I request the government to debate a few topics that are equally relevant, including the Canadian issue," said NCP MP Supriya Sule in Lok Sabha..It is time to speak with action and support Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, says Smriti Irani."If we look from the perspective of the dignity of the Constitution, then (Goddess) Lakshmi has taken a Constitutional form through this (Women's Reservation) Bill," says Irani..On Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi, the chief of the Congress parliamentary party, expressed her party's backing for the women's reservation bill. She called for the immediate implementation of the quota and also advocated for the reservation of SC, ST, and OBC women following a caste census."Rajiv Gandhi's dream is only half fulfilled. It will be fulfilled with the passage of this bill. The Congress supports this bill. We will be happy with the passage of this bill but we also have a concern", Gandhi said."It is the demand of the Indian National Congress that the bill be immediately implemented, but along with that, provision should be made for the reservation of SC, ST, OBC women after conducting a caste census", she added.(with inputs from PTI).The women's reservation bill is not about reservation but an 'act of removing bias and injustice,' DMK leader Kanimozhi said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday."How long should we wait to see this bill implemented? It can be easily implemented in the coming Parliamentary elections. This bill, you should understand, is not a reservation but an act of removing bias and injustice", Kanimozhi said.(with inputs from PTI)."We have ensured a minimum of 33% reservation for women in local bodies' election... In a more pleasant coincidence, a proposal to provide a similar reservation for women in state assemblies and national Parliament is taking shape now. It will be the most transformative revolution in our times for gender justice", the President said.President Murmu was addressing a gathering following the inauguration of the biennial conference for Asia Pacific's national human rights institutions (NHRIs) at Vigyan Bhawan.(with inputs from PTI).Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Wednesday moved the women's reservation bill for passage in the Lok Sabha, saying it is a very important bill and urging members to pass it with unanimity.Meghwal says, "...This bill will enhance the dignity of women as well as equality of opportunities".(with inputs from PTI)."Congress demands a caste census immediately", says Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the Congress Parliamentary Party.Sonia Gandhi extended her party's support for the women's reservation bill and demanded its immediate implementation along with the provision for the representation of SCs, STs and OBCs."I stand here in support of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam". She said any delay in implementing women's reservation bill will be injustice to Indian women.."We have to recognize the importance of women"."We Support the Women Reservation Bill".Rajiv Gandhi introduced reservation in local bodies.Government led by Narsimha Rao got that provision implemented"We have 15 lakh elected woman leaders today"."We want immediate implementation of the Women's Reservation Bill".It is an injustice to women of India to delay the implementation.Rajya Sabha LoP Mallikarjun Kharge has called a meeting of INDIA alliance at 10 am today, Congress leader Kodikunnil Suresh said..Following Ministers to lay papers on the table:Arjun Ram Meghwal for Ministry of Law and JusticeDanve Raosaheb Dadarao for Ministry of RailwaysNiranjan Jyoti for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionMeenakashi Lekhi for Ministry of Culture; andSubhas Sarkar for Ministry of EducationSource: Lok Sabha release .Following Ministers to lay papers on the table today:Kiren Rijiju for Ministry of Earth SciencesPankaj Chaudhary for Ministry of FinanceAnnpurna Devi for Ministry of Education; andSubhas Sarkar for Ministry of EducationSource: Rajya Sabha release.Actor-politician Kamal Hassan said this a landmark day in the history of our Republic, as the seat of our democracy moved into its new home."I’m delighted that the first Bill tabled in this new Parliament corrects a longstanding injustice perpetrated against the largest minority in our nation, the women of India. I wholeheartedly applaud the Women Reservation Bill tabled yesterday. Nations that ensure gender equality will always prosper", said on X (formerly know as Twitter)..The Women's Reservation Bill, 2023, was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, citing the government's effort to bring "nari shakti" to the forefront.The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023, seeks to reserve one-third of the total seats in the lower house of parliament and the state legislative assemblies exclusively for women. A third of the seats will be for women from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The seats will be reserved for 15 years.The bill was cleared by the cabinet on Monday. It will come into effect after the delimitation and redrawing of constituencies, which may not happen before 2029.The original bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in 2008 and was subsequently passed in 2010. However, the legislation has stayed in limbo since then. The new legislation is mostly on those lines..Women’s Reservation Bill: Key Highlights Of The Legislation Tabled In Lok Sabha.Members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha gathered in the inner courtyard of the old Parliament House on Tuesday for a group photograph, hours before legislative proceedings shift to the new Parliament building.Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the old Parliament building will be renamed Samvidhan Sadan during the first-ever Lok Sabha proceedings at the new Parliament House..Parliament Special Session 2023: PM Modi Says It's Short But Of 'Historic Decisions'