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Cong women seek Kalam's intervention

A delegation of women's Cong wing met Kalam seeking his intervention for an early passage of the bill.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2003 23:56 IST

Mounting pressure on the Government on the women's reservation bill, a delegation of women's wing of Congress on Tuesday met President APJ Abdul Kalam seeking his intervention for an early passage of the bill.

The delegation which included senior Congress leaders Ambika Soni, Mohsina Kidwai, Margaret Alva and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit presented a petition containing over 10 lakh signatures to the President in suppot of their demand.

The women's wing staged a demonstration on Monday to coincide with the opening of the monsoon session of Parliament accusing the BJP-led Government of "insincerity" on the issue.

"The BJP is not sincere in its intentions. It wants unanimity on the issue. But in a democracy that is not always possbile," AICC general secretary Ambika Soni said.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Congress would make the quota issue a plank during the coming assembly elections in the capital.

First Published: Jul 22, 2003 23:56 IST