Hyderabad Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said that he is willing to lose his seat if it means that women will benefit from the proposed women’s quota. He made this statement while inaugurating the International Tech Park at Madhapur, in the presence of Singapore Deputy Speaker Jessica Tan.
Rao expressed his support for the Women’s Reservation Bill, which is currently being debated in the Indian Parliament. He stated that he welcomes the bill and wants to see more women leaders. He emphasized that he is ready to give up his seat if it helps achieve this goal. He also mentioned that the Women’s Reservation Bill is an important milestone and he is glad that Tan could witness it.
In response to the bill, the ruling BRS party demanded that the Centre implement it starting from the 2024 elections. Party leader Nama Nageswara Rao urged the government to reveal when the process of Census and delimitation will be completed.
Rao participated in the debate on the bill in the House and called for the quick completion of the constitutional amendment and delimitation process. He stressed the importance of implementing 33% reservation for women in legislative assemblies in the 2024 elections. Rao highlighted that although the bill has been mentioned multiple times in the past, it has not been passed until now.
Rao also mentioned that the State government sent a resolution to the Centre 10 years ago, requesting the implementation of the women’s reservation. He pointed out that there is already 50% reservation for women in sarpanch, MPTC, MPP, and JTPTC elections in the State. He urged the Centre to expedite the remaining process and take steps to implement 33% reservation for women in upcoming elections.