[Reader-list] Question regarding women's reservation bill

Rakesh Iyer rakesh.rnbdj at gmail.com
Thu Mar 11 00:00:47 IST 2010

Hi Rahul

My response:

1) The reservation is rotating in the sense, that within 15 years, all seats
would have been reserved at least once for women. Assume that a state has 3
governments which last their full terms. In such a case, in 15 years, there
would have been 3 elections for the state assembly. In such a case, one
third of the assembly seats would be reserved in say the first election, but
in the next election, these seats would be de-reserved, and instead
one-third of the total assembly seats (but not these dereserved ones) would
be chosen for the 2nd election. In the third election, those seats which
were dereserved for both the 1st and 2nd election would be reserved.

2) Women can contest even from dereserved seats, so there is no case of
incumbent not being able to contest from a seat once it is dereserved. She
can contest again. There is no restriction on doing so. But what it means is
that a man would not be able to be contest three continuous times in both
Assembly and Parliamentary elections from the same seat.


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