New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled meeting with Muslim women during his visit to Varanasi created a buzz in the political circles, Congress President Sonia Gandhi reminded him of the Women's Reservation Bill pending for parliament's nod since 2010.
The Women's Reservation Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha the Upper House of the Indian Parliament in 2010 when the Congress was in power in New Delhi.
"Since then it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another," Sonia Gandhi said in a letter adrressed to Modi.
Urging him to take steps so that the bill is passed, Sonia vowed that the Congress "has always and will continue to support the legislation".
"I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Lower House as well", Sonia said in her letter.
Prime Minister Modi is batting for Muslim women's rights since last two years and his scheduled meeting with some 700 of them during his visit to Varanasi is seen as part of his larger reach-out plan to woo the Muslim women after the Supreme Court verdict banning triple talaq.
But, Sonia Gandhi's letter to Modi, reminding him of the 33% reservation for women, is seen as a calculated move by the Congress to raise doubts over the prime minister's stand on rights of women.