Patna, Mar 6: The Women's Reservation Bill has left the Janata Dal United (JD-U) divided as Bihar Chief Nitish Kumar and party president Sharad Yadav take sides.
While Nitish Kumar has expressed support for the quota bill, which is scheduled to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Mar 8, Sharad Yadav maintains his opposing stand.
"When I was a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee, I had given a dissent note (more than a decade ago). Now the time has come to give women reservation in Parliament and State Assemblies. I will talk to Sharadji and appeal to him to ensure passage of the bill," Kumar said.
Sharad Yadav, on the other hand, has been opposing the bill since the time it was brought up in 1997.
The bill provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.