New Delhi, June 6(ANI): After threatening to consume poison if the Women's Reservation Bill is passed Janata Dal (U) chief Sharad Yadav on Saturday demanded a separate quota for backward castes to be included in the Women's Bill.
"I am not asking for a reservation of 33 per cent (for women), it could be even 50 per cent. But ground realities should not be overlooked. Weaker sections among women face more difficulty," Sharad Yadav said.
Yadav highlighted that the JD(U)-led Bihar government had implemented 50% reservation for women two and a half years ago to prove his point that his party was not opposed to quota for women.
Seeking separate quota within the overall quota for women belonging to backward castes, he asked for a bill which would mirror the Indian society.
"The aspirations of 90 per cent of the population and the nature of Indian society should be kept in mind," Yadav added.
Earlier, Yadav had said in the Lok Sabha on Friday that he would "consume poison" if the Bill was passed in its present form. (ANI)