As the first speaker from the Opposition on the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, former Congress President Sonia Gandhi said her party supports the legislation, but demanded a reservation for Other Backward Classes within the 33% quota for women.
Mrs Gandhi also said that speaking on the bill was an emotional moment for her as her husband Rajiv Gandhi had introduced reservation in local bodies.
Speaking in Hindi, the former Congress chief said, “On behalf of the Indian National Congress, I stand here in support of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. From smoke-filled kitchens to flood-lit stadiums, the Indian woman’s journey has been a long one. But she has finally reached her destination.”