Former Union law minister Kapil Sibal on 24 September hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government saying the earliest the women’s reservation can come into effect is the 2034 Lok Sabha elections.
He even alleged that it was brought with an eye on the upcoming state and Lok Sabha polls.
Sibal made the remarks in his new ‘Dil Se’ initiative under which he will engage fortnightly in a conversation with a journalist on important issues.
Sibal took questions on the women’s reservation bill, the row over BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri’s derogatory remarks against BSP MP Danish Ali, and his views on the new Parliament building in the first episode he posted on social media.
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Commenting about Bidhuri’s remarks, Sibal said the BJP MP must be “expelled” from parliament.
“I have not seen this in my 30-year-long career in parliament. Never seen such foul language, such venom and I was even surprised and shocked by the person presiding, who said I would look at the record and then delete it. I just don’t understand this,” Sibal said.
People like this should be expelled from Parliament, Sibal said, on Bidhuri.
“Imagine if a member of that (of Danish Ali’s) community had done a similar thing, what would have happened and what the presiding officer would have done,” Sibal said.
“That is the kind of venom we have built in the society, that people of a particular community can say anything and get away with it,” said Sibal.
On the women’s reservation bill, Sibal said he doubts the government was genuine in wanting to pass the bill immediately.
“Had they been genuine in 2014, it would have been done,” he said.
On being asked when the bill could come into effect, Sibal said, “Not in 2029. I will…