Women reservation: After Rahul Gandhi, Naveen hopes other parties to follow suit

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday expressed happiness over AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s support for ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies.

Patnaik also hoped that other parties will support him.

“I am glad he (Rahul Gandhi) has done that. I hope other parties do as well,” the CM told reporters here.

The Chief Minister had on December 6 written to his counterparts of all states seeking their cooperation to ensurethe reservation for women.

Rahul Gandhi has also written to Congress/alliance governments in the states to have a resolution passed in their respective assemblies seeking one-third reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies.

Notably, the Odisha Assembly has already passed an unanimous resolution for 33 per cent reservation in the Parliament andassemblies.

Naveen Patnaik had earlier on December 4 written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to initiate the move to ensure one-third reservation for women.