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Women reservation should be given respectfully: LS Speaker

AMARAVATI: Making a strong pitch for women’s reservation in Parliament and state legislatures, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said it was something that should be given “respectfully” without any bickering.

Asserting that reservation for women was the need of the hour, she criticised those opposing the proposal, alluding to protests against it in Parliament in the past.

“When we ask for reservation, it is not like somebody is giving us something. It is because it is important that women should come ahead. They are fifty per cent of the population but in making a nation, they are a full circle.

“All of us are for reservation. We don’t want something like that…Somebody tears off documents in Parliament. Somebody is shouting ‘yes, yes, yes’ and somebody is saying ‘no, no, no’. It is respectfully that the reservation should be given,” she said.

She was speaking at the valedictory session on the concluding day of the National Women’s Parliament here. (AGENCIES)

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