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Mulayam fears an all-women parliament

Pankaj Jaiswal, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, March 14, 2010
First Published: 14:39 IST(14/3/2010) | Last Updated: 17:14 IST(14/3/2010)

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the Women's Reservation Bill, in the eleventh year of implementation, would fill the parliament with 80-85 per cent women.

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Yadav explained the calculation in a press conference in Lucknow on Sunday and said: "representation of men in the parliament and state assemblies would drop to zero (negligible) after two elections."

He said that a majority of those 33 per cent of sitting women MPs who had found place in the parliament through the reservation in a first election (after bills implementation) are most likely to re-contest the same seat even after the rotation of 33 per cent constituencies.

So the parliament after the next election would have 33 per cent of new women MPs, and many of the previous 33 per cent beneficiaries. So the percentage of women in the parliament after the first election would be 33 per cent, after second election would be 66 per cent and may even touch 99 per cent after the third election (that is the 11 year).

"There is no law or provision that would prevent the sitting MPs to re-contest the same seat even after it turns unreserved," said Mulayam.

He said that the Bill was massively flawed, destructive, anti-democratic and Samajwadi Party would fight it tooth and nail. "Even like-mind people (like Lalu Prasad Yadav and Sharad Yadav) are with us. The bill has already created disagreements in BJP. And I say that even many of the Congress people do not believe in it.

When asked in reference with Lalu's statement that he would pull down the UPA government on the issue of the bill and was he (Mulayam) with Lalu, the Samajwadi Party president said: "We are together on the issue. We all (including Sharad Yadav) are Samajwadi (socialist)."

He repeated his original statement of the bill being anti-Muslims and a conspiracy to keep them out of politics.


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