"We have asked the Prime Minister to defer the bill. We have also requested him to call an all-party meeting on theissue. He listened to us patiently," Prasad told reporters after the 45-minute meeting.
He maintained that his party is not against the reservation for women but only wants the "real needy women" ofthe society to be represented through it.
Sharad Yadav, in whose JD(U) there are sharp divisions on the bill with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar coming out in its support, said they had apprised Singh of their apprehensions if the bill providing for 33 per cent reservation of seats in Lok Sabha and state assemblies was passed in its present form.
"We expressed our views, our pain particularly for Muslim, backward and dalit women. These communities comprise80 per cent of the population. We thank him for inviting us," he said.
The three leaders refused to answer a question on whether Singh had given any assurance to them on their demand.