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Quota Bill will be reborn, Vajpayee tells women MPs

Prime Minister AB Vajpayee assured several women MPs from the Rajya Sabha that the women's reservation Bill will "take rebirth".

india Updated: Jul 21, 2003 15:34 IST

Prime Minister AB Vajpayee on Thursday assured several women MPs from the Rajya Sabha that the women's reservation Bill will "take rebirth".

According to nominated member Shabana Azmi, Vajpayee gave this assurance when agitated women members of the Upper House confronted him in the lobby soon after the question hour.

When the members protested to the Prime Minister over giving a "burial" to the Bill envisaging 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, Azmi quoted Vajpayee as quipping "punarjanma hoga" (it will take rebirth).

Earlier, the members led by Sarla Maheswari of CPI (M) had sought to draw the attention of Vajpayee in the House to the issue, but he left prompting them to follow suit.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson VK Malhotra criticised the Congress and Left parties for blaming the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi and the BJP for the deferment of the Women's Reservation Bill.

"The PM was more than sincere but the Congress and the Left did not support action against the Members who physically obstruct the passage of the Bill," he said.

First Published: Jul 21, 2003 00:02 IST