In a letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, where the Bill was introduced, RJD MP Rajniti Prasad said his party was not against reservation for women, and no party would oppose any move that would empower women and put an end to their harassment and ensure their progress. However, he said, the Bill in its present form would give reservation to only those classes of society which were already well off economically and socially.
''What would happen to the women belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities and backward classes. Who would give representation to women who, for the lack of opportunitiues, were sitting at home, '' the letter said.
The Bill was against the basic principles of the Constitution, Mr Prasad said.