Women reservation: Long way to go
Be it Congress or BJP, they chant the 'mantra' of reservation for women, but when it comes to nominating members of fairer sex in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, they shy away.
BJP blames Congress for stalled bill
The issue of 33 per cent reservation to women in the Parliament came to the fore when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while kickstarting the Shiv Sena-BJP's poll campaign at Beed in Marathwada region of Maharashtra recently, squarely blamed the main opposition Congress for stalling the women's Reservation Bill.
Vajpayee assured the audience that BJP-led NDA, if voted to power again, would ensure the passage of the legislation.
Sonia's promise belies Maharashtra's case
Even the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while releasing its manifesto, has assured that it would be her party's endeavour to give proper representation to women.
But lists of candidates for 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, released by major political parties has a different story to tell.
The list of Congress nominees finds solitary name of Prabha Rao from Wardha Parliamentary constituency, from where she had romped home victorious in the 1999 elections.
Though Congress is yet to announce its nominees for nearly five Lok Sabha seats, out of the total 48 in the state, it is far away from the 33 per cent mark of women reservation.