New Delhi, Sep 24 (UNI) The CPI(M) today joined issue with the BJP for its decision to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in the party, saying it is a camouflage for betrayal of the real cause.
''The saffron party has forgotten how its veteran leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee brought a Private Member's Bill in the Lok Sabha in 1996, seeking 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and assemblies,'' said CPI(M) senior leaders Mohammad Salim and Brinda Karat at a press conference.
The Left leaders' reaction came in response to a query pertaining to the BJP deciding to amend its constitution to give 33 per cent reservation for women in all its committees.
The BJP, at its National Executive Meet in Bhopal yesterday, while not favouring the similar reservation of seats for women in Parliament and assemblies, has said it is for a law that it will make it mandatory for political parties to give 33 per cent of election tickets to women.
The leaders also recalled how at a party conclave in Vadodara, under the presidentship of senior leader L K Advani a decade ago, the BJP adopted a resolution favouring reservation for women in Parliament and assemblies.
The CPI(M) leaders said the saffron party had played a trick by adorning the ''cover'' of 33 per cent reservation for women in the party and saying goodbye to the real issue.