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SP opposes Women Reservation Bill

The party is favouring only 20 pc reservation and not 33 pc according to the proposed bill, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 19:59 IST

The Samajwadi Party would oppose the Women Reservation Bill if the UPA government tabled it in parliament in present form. The SP favours only 20 per cent reservation and not 33 per cent as provided in the proposed bill.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav stated this while talking to media persons in Lucknow on Thursday. Chief Minister said the SP was strongly opposed to reservation of seats on a rotation or permanent basis.

Instead the party was in favour of asking the political parties to reserve 20 per cent of tickets in the poll, he said adding that there should be a provision to de-recognise the political parties if they failed to do so.

Yadav said barely a few seats would be left to general category and the backward classes if 33 per cent seats were reserved for women, he said.

"Total reservation would go up to 55 per cent per cent if the number of seats reserved for SC and ST categories too were taken into account," said the Chief Minister.

Referring to the Congress' protests against conferring Yash Bharati award to the young actor Abhishek Bachchan the Chief Minister said the Congress should come out with a clear stand on the issue.

"Whether Abhishek Bachchan deserved Yash Bharati or not," asked the Chief Minister saying the Congress should come out with an answer in yes or no only.

Chief Minister praised the super star Amitabh Bachchan for what he called making a mark on the international arena and said the Samajwadi Party never made attempts to take political advantage of Bachchan’s popularity.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 19:59 IST