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Women MPs say they can make a difference

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The News Bureau

Women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha are of the opinion that they can make a difference keeping in view the fact that they have been elected in their largest numbers this time.

The current Lok Sabha has 62 women members out of the 543 MPs and most of them are first timers. Also, there is a healthy representation of seven women ministers while Sumitra Mahajan is the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Trinamool Congress MP from Coochbehar in Wes

Bengal, Renuka Sinha told reporters that issues concerning women would get more prominence since largest number of women were elected.

"I am sure more women MPs means more such issues like crime against women are raised in parliament," she said.

"Not only are there more women in parliament this time but all the major opposition parties like the Trinamool Congress, AIADMK and Congress are headed by women. This should augur well for issues concerning women," said another TMC MP, Mamtaz Sanghamitra.

"The passage of the women's reservation bill also seems possible with such huge support," she said.

Agreeing with her party MPs, actor and glamour queen Moon Moon Sen, who was elected from Bankura in West Bengal, said the future seems bright for the women's bill as not only MPs but also many chief ministers were women. "I am sure we will be able to make a difference," she said.

The women's reservation

bill, seeking to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislatures, was passed by the Rajya Sabha but blocked in the Lok Sabha during the UPA's tenure. It lapsed with the 15th Lok Sabha holding its last sitting ahead of the April-May general elections.

If cleared, the bill would have set aside 390 and 2,060 seats in parliament and the state assemblies respectively for women in this election.

The bill, first introduced in 1996, could not make headway in the Lok Sabha because of opposition from parties like the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal which demanded a sub-quota for scheduled castes/scheduled tribes and other backward classes within the women's quota.

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