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Consensus on women?s quota Bill possible: Speaker

Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi believes a political consensus on the Women's Reservation Bill may appear difficult now, but will surely come at the "appropriate" time.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2003 15:32 IST

Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi believes a political consensus on the Women's Reservation Bill may appear difficult now, but will surely come at the "appropriate" time.

Talking to newspersons on Sunday, he said he was already receiving views of political parties in preparation for the June 16 all-party meeting on the issue.

For instance, CPM’s Somnath Chatterjee says his party wants no change in the original draft for the quota.

There were four to five different formulations for the quota but the Speaker said he was "confident" a way would be found.

Joshi's own party, Shiv Sena, has said it agrees with the EC’s suggestion that the quota implementation be left to the political parties.

Unperturbed by the divergent views, Joshi said he believed "every problem had a solution and it will come at the time fixed for it".

First Published: Jul 21, 2003 15:32 IST