Himachal Pradesh state assembly today passed an amendment bill, which has raised reservation for women to 50 per cent from one-third. The bill was approved unanimously under Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj (amendment) Act, 2008.
Though the Opposition supported the amendment, some of its members raised Constitutional points. Before Himachal Pradesh, states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar have approved similar legislation. Congress member Kuldeep Pathania argued that Article 243 (D) of the Constitution prohibited that reservation more than one-third. He cautioned the government that the decision might not stand judicial scrutiny and was in turn supported by veteran Congress leader Virbhadra Singh.