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Introduction of women's bill depends on PM: BJP

india Updated: May 05, 2008 03:46 IST

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With the spotlight back on the Women's Reservation Bill, BJP on Sunday threw the ball in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's court on introduction of the much-delayed legislation against the backdrop of differences in the ruling alliance.

"It is dependent on the will power of the Prime Minister," senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said when asked about Government's plans to table the controversial Bill in Parliament in the ongoing budget session.

She said it is to be seen whether the Prime Minister is able to get the Cabinet approval to introduce the Bill in this session itself overcoming the stiff opposition from allies like the RJD.

"If leaders like Lalu Prasad had not objected, it would have got the Parliament nod long time ago," Swaraj, who has been demanding introduction of the Bill for long, said while making it clear that the BJP will support the legislation.

"We will support the Bill," she said.

The main Opposition party, however, took a dim view of the Prime Minister's keenness to make the Bill into a law.

"I think they only want to introduce the Bill in this session. If they wanted to pass it they would have introduced it long ago," she said.

Her comments came a day after the Prime Minister told a CPI delegation that the government plans to bring the bill in this session of Parliament and would discuss the matter in the cabinet to finalise the modalities.

The Prime Minister had last month spoke about convening an all-party meeting to arrive at a consensus on the Bill, which aims to set aside one-third of seats in Parliament and state assemblies for women.