SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav whose party is supporting the UPA government from outside, backed the controversy of JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav. He said that he was not against the greater participation of women in politics but it should be done through consensus
He said, "The Bill is dangerous for the leadership of Lok Sabha... It is a conspiracy...It would finish the leadership." He also said the the leaders like LK Advani, MM Joshi, Sharad Yadav and Lalu Prasad had not reached the present state in a day but through 'hard struggle'.