Port Blair, Sept. 22: The Andaman and Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee (ANTCC) has welcomed the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament, emphasizing the importance of rising above politics and standing together on issues of national importance.

In a press conference held at Gandhi Bhawan, Port Blair on Friday morning, the ANTCC President Mr. Rangalal Halder extended his heartfelt congratulations to all those involved in this landmark legislation, including the union government and all political parties that supported it.

He also described it as a "Victory of the Congress Party and its allies in the UPA Government" as the bill was first passed in the Rajya Sabha by UPA Government on March 9, 2010 but could never be passed in Lok Sabha because of the differences among political parties.

He also demanded for immediate implementation of the Bill before the 2024 General Election along with the provision for the representation of SCs, STs and OBCs. He said any delay in implementing the women's reservation bill will be gross injustice to the Indian women.

Halder concluded the press conference with a statement that the ANTCC welcomes the bill and hopes that higher representation to women will lead to the legislators taking up core issues of women's rights.

The press conference was held in the presence of senior leader Mr. Noor Islam, ANTCC Chief Spokesperson Mr. K. Ganeshan, ANTCC Spokesperson Mr. Tamilselvan and City Congress President Mr. Mohd. Zubair.