CPM urges parties not to block Women's Bill RS introduction

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) The CPI(M) today urged all the political parties not to prevent the introduction of Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow and debate the amendments or the modifications they intend on the floor of the House to uphold democratic norms.

"Let the Bill be presented in Parliament. During the discussions, those who are opposing the Bill can seek modifications and amendments to the Bill," CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told newspersons here.

Stating that the Left was for introduction of the Bill in the original form, the Left leader, however, disagreed with those who thought that the reservation for OBC women was not tenable until it was done in the case of OBC men as well." This we find illogical. This is altogether a separate issue." Mr Yechury, the party parliamentary Group leader, pleaded that the Bill should not be prevented to be introduced in the name of objections.

" The bill is being brought so that it does not lapse unlike during the Gujral government." Referring to the objections, the CPI(M) leader said it was widely known that the separate political groupings- be it the UNPA, NDA and UPA had separate reasons for their objections." But these generally resolve around demand for reservations for OBCs in the 33 per cent and the objection against 33 per cent being on the high side." Welcoming the government's decision to bring the Bill in this very session itself, even as the Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die today, he said it was good that the government was honouring its commitment in the CMP.


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