Asserting that it was determined to ensure passage of Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament, BJP on Saturday sought to make political capital on the issue by stating that since the UPA coalition was in minority in Rajya Sabha, the onus of getting it adopted was with the main opposition.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari today convened an emergency meeting of the party Core Group to discuss Women's Reservation Bill, which is set to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on March 8.
"The Core Group unanimously decided to ensure passage of the Constitution Amendment providing for one-third reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies," Gadkari said in a statement.
BJP has already issued a three-line whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present and vote for the Bill in the Upper House on Monday.
"The BJP is determined to ensure the passage of this Bill. The Bill shows national aspiration and society has been waiting for it for the last 15 years," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.
He said since the government is in a minority in Rajya Sabha, BJP understands that it would have to play an important role in getting the Women's Reservation Bill passed there.