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As the women's reservation bill cleared its final legislative hurdle at the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, BJP MP Diya Kumari thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, "Women are celebrating today. We are very happy with the passage of this Bill. PM Modi has finally made this dream come true. This piece of legislation was the need of the hour and he (PM Modi) realised it. He spearheaded efforts to have the Bill tabled and passed in all of two days."
Congress MP Joshimani, too, expressed her delight over the Bill's passage, saying, "We are happy that this important piece of legislation is finally close to seeing the light of day." However, she flagged concerns over the implementation of the Bill, saying, "It is sad, however, that the law may not be implemented anytime soon."
Another Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan termed the passage of the Bill as historic. "The Bill has now been passed by both the Houses. This is a moment to savour for women in our country," she said. She added, however, "We demanded the Bill be implemented immediately with a sub-quota for OBC women. The demand wasn't considered."
Also reacting to the passage of the Bill, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP Mahua Maji said, "This is a historic moment for women. The government received bipartisan support for the Bill in both Houses of Parliament. The significant takeaway for me was that the members set aside their political differences to vote for the Bill."
Women members from both Houses of Parliament, including PT Usha, and Union Ministers Meenakashi Lekhi and Smriti Irani, were all smiles as they presented a bouquet to Prime Minister Modi on the historic passage of the Bill in Parliament.