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Govt to take a call on women's bill after PM meets Yadav trio

PTI  New Delhi, March 08, 2010
First Published: 21:45 IST(8/3/2010) | Last Updated: 21:53 IST(8/3/2010)

Government is likely to take a call on whether to go ahead with the Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets the Yadav trio, the opponents of the bill, on Tuesday morning.

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A decision about the Bill, voting on which was deferred in the Rajya Sabha following unprecedented pandemonium, would be taken after the parleys, highly-placed Congress sources said.

SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav will meet Singh at 9.30 am in Parliament House ahead of the day's business which commences at 11 am.

The three leaders have been complaining about the government not consulting them over the constitution amendment bill. They want a political consensus and have warned of dire consequences if it is bulldozed in Parliament.

The strategy in this regard was finalised by the Congress top brass including the Prime Minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi at a meeting of the party's Core Group on Monday night.

The meeting was attended among others by Pranab Mukherjee, A K Antony, P Chidambaram and Political Secretary to Congress President Ahmed Patel.

Following up on their threat to withdraw support, RJD chief Prasad along with party leader Prem Chandra Gupta met
President Pratibha Patil and apprised her of his party's position on the bill.

Prasad as also Mulayam Singh Yadav have threatened to withdraw support to the UPA government if it goes ahead with the bill in its present form.


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