The Supreme Court has accepted the petition moved by Annie Raja,
general secretary of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) on
reservation for women and posted the case for hearing on March 3,
2023. The apex court has sent notices to the central government and ten
political parties including Communist Party of India (CPI). Counsel for the
petitioner is Advocate Prashant Bhushan.
It must be recalled here that the Bill for 33 per cent Reservation for
Women in Parliament and legislatures was moved by the CPI MP Geeta
Mukerjee in Lok Sabha in 1996. Since then CPI and NFIW have been
consistently struggling to get the Bill adopted by Parliament. Though
Rajya Sabha had passed the Bill, Lok Sabha is yet to take it up.