Women reservation bill dangerous to democracy

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{image-women bill_18062008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Lucknow, Jun 18: Opposing the bill tabled in the Rajya Sabha for reservation of 33 per cent seats for women in Parliament and Assemblies, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said such bill was dangerous for democracy and demanded its immediate withdrawal.

Mr Yadav claimed that Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav and Shiv Sena were also opposing the bill and he would consult them to hold a joint rally in Delhi and other parts of the country to apprise the people about the conspiracy. ''The Centre was conspiring to implement women reservation bill just before the Lok Sabha elections which would be undemocratic if done without any political consensus'', he said. Besides this women reservation in the panchayats and local bodies have failed to deliver anything good as male counterparts are still ruling the roost on their better halfs.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Yadav demanded that the Centre should immediately withdraw the bill and said his party would demand 15 per cent reservation for women only through the political parties, 10 per cent quota for the women belonging to the SC/ ST/ OBC and religion minorities and abolition of the rotation system for reservation.

Narrating about the meeting of the standing committee of Parliament over the issue for the past two days in New Delhi, the former UP chief minister said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also assured the political parties that the bill would be introduced and passed after consensus with them. '' But now why are they in a hurry and tabling the bill through back door in the Rajya Sabha'', he questioned.

The socialist leader, however, appreciated the role of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee saying that he kept his words and did not introduce the women reservation bill as no consensus was reached with the political parties.

''If 33 per cent reservation is granted to women then the reservation will go up to 55 per cent which will be injustice to other communities particulary the males'', he said adding that the rotation system would also break the relationship between the people and the peoples representatives.

Commenting on the lapses of women reservation implemented in the panchayat and local bodies, he said still the 'Pradhanpati',' Pramukhpati','parshadpati',Zila panchayat chairmanpati' were holding the meeting and were illegally participating in the official day to day working.

He said very soon he will meet Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sharad Yadav and other leaders who are opposed to the bill and will seek their support to hold a rally against the centre.

When asked if his party was ready to provide 15 per cent reservation to women during the Lok Sabha polls, Mr Yadav said there was a dearth of good women political leaders and there were very few women who could contest the Lok Sabha polls.


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