BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Monday said, his party would support the Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha as passed by the Rajya Sabha and sought to play down senior party leader Gopinath Munde's views on sub-quota for OBC women.
"No. He (Munde) is not demanding sub-quota in women's reservation. He is talking about simply OBC reservation," he said in Puducherry on his maiden visit to the Union Territory after taking over the party reins.
"Already whatever Bill which has been passed by the Rajya Sabha, our party has principally agreed to support in the Lok Sabha. That is the policy of the party," he said.
When asked about Munde's reported comments on sub-quota for OBCs in the Women's Bill, the BJP chief said, "No. He is talking about OBC reservation. I have talked to him."
Striking a different note from the party official line, Munde on Sunday told, a gathering of OBC leaders of Maharashtra that he would press his party to consider demand for quota for OBC women in assemblies and the Lok Sabha.
"There is a demand by the OBC community to have an OBC reservation in the Women's Reservation Bill. I have conveyed that BJP has a different stand on this issue, but I have assured them that I will put forth this demand to my party," Munde had said.
The BJP had extended support to the bill, reserving 33 per cent seats for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, in the Rajya Sabha but said, it was against OBC sub-quota, being demanded by parties like the RJD and the SP.