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Women's Bill a conspiracy: Mulayam

india Updated: Mar 07, 2010 16:20 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal
Pankaj Jaiswal
Hindustan Times
Women's Reservation Bill

Calling the Women's Reservation Bill a conspiracy, especially, against the Muslims, the Samajwadi Party president, Mulayam Singh Yadav 'feared' that the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party would pass the bill in the Parliament on Monday.

"It would be anti-democratic to pass the bill in its present form. It is a ploy to block entry of Muslims, backwards, Dalits and poor in Parliament and State Assemblies. It's now apparent that the Congress and BJP would manage to pass the bill as together they have required majority to pass it," said Yadav in a press conference held at State headquarters of the party in Lucknow.

He said that his party was not against the reservation of women in politics and dared the Congress and BJP to have 20 per cent reservation on election tickets within the party instead.

The bill envisages 33 per cent reservation for women in the Parliament and State Assemblies.

"The 33 per cent reservation bill must be dropped and instead it should be made mandatory for the parties to reserve 20 per cent of election tickets for women. This is a better option. And incase the bill has to be passed, then there should be quota fixed (within the proposed 33 per cent) for Muslims, backwards and Dalits on the basis of their population," he said.

Challenging the need of the bill, Mulayam said: "How can one say that women do not have opportunities or proper representation in politics when Sonia Gandhi lead the party that heads the central government, or Jayalalitha leads a party in Tamil Nadu and had been the chief minister or Mayawati leads a party and government in Uttar Pradesh or Indira Gandhi had been country's prime minister for such a long time."

He said that his party would oppose the bill tooth and nail in the Parliament on Monday.

Talking more about his apprehension about Muslims, he said: "Already half of the states in the country do not have a single Muslim Lok Sabha member-be it Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Himanchal Pradesh, Delhi, or Orissa. If these states could not elect a Muslim MP then how come one would expect any Muslim women to get elected on the basis of the 33 per cent reservation."

More than the reservation in politics, the women need reservation in jobs. There was no reservation for women in jobs and Samajwadi Party supports 50 per cent reservation for women in jobs, said Mulayam.