Sreemathi, who won from Kannur, sought to know whether Modi would give priority to this long-pending legislation and prove his words are matched by action.

"Now the BJP has a majority of its own in the house. There is no technical hurdle before the government to take the bill from the cold storage," she said.

"CPI (M) and Left parties will put pressure on Modi government to fulfill their pre-poll promises. As a woman, I have special interest to take up the issue of Women's Reservation Bill, which is in cold storage now and see that it is passed at the earliest," she said.

Sreemathi, who wrested Kannur constituency from sitting Congress MP K Sudhakaran, said enhancing the status of women in society was equally important as ensuring their security.

"We have a number of laws to ensure the security of women. But unfortunately they have many loopholes. The new government should take the initiative to plug these loopholes and bring out a strong legislation to ensure women's security," she said.

Sreemathi, who handled the Health and Social Welfare portfolios in V S Achutanandan-led government during 2006-11, said it would take some time to know Modi government's approach and attitude towards women issues.

"We cannot predict now whether the approach of the Modi government will be the same as the previous UPA regime. Let us wait and see," Sreemathi added.

(Agencies)

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