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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Jul 2014

Sushma seeks support for women reservation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 12, 2014
First Published: 00:25 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:58 IST(12/6/2014)

With legislative business of the government set to start from the next Parliament session, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday made a strong pitch for passing the women’s reservation bill that entails one-third reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

Even as she sought the Congress’ support for the bill, Swaraj hit back at the opposition over the allegation that BJP only has marketing skills. “Marketing can be good only if the product is of superior quality. If it is not, then marketing will make no impact,” Swaraj quipped.

Swaraj also reminded Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, “I request you to support the bill when we introduce it just as we did when you introduced.”

Swaraj pointed out that the BJP has promoted a woman as chief minister of Gujarat and it has 25% women in union cabinet. “Even the speaker of Lok Sabha is a woman,” she said.


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