Join Congress today, will give Cabinet berth tomorrow: Himachal CM tells sole woman MLA

Shimla, Sep 19 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Tuesday gave an open offer of a cabinet berth to the state’s sole woman MLA BJP’s Reena Kashyap if she crossed over to the Congress.

Speaking in a lighter mood, Sukkhu said in the Assembly that if she joined the Congress today, she would be given a cabinet berth tomorrow.

While commending women on the tabling of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha, he regretted that the ruling Congress did not have any woman member in the Assembly.

Sukhu congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the tabling of the legislation and said it will give more strength to women’s power.

However, he also recalled that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken important steps for woman empowerment and introduced a provision of 33 percent reservation in Panchayat institutions.

He said n 2010, then UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi took a historic decision and introduced this bill in the Rajya Sabha and got it passed. The recent Congress Working Committee meeting in Hyderabad also demanded 33 percent reservation for women in the state Assemblies and the Lok Sabha.

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