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Women's bill will be passed soon: Speaker

"I am hoping that the bill will be passed during my tenure. My dream is that it will be part of our Constitution soon," he said.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 17:31 IST

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Sunday expressed hope that the Women's Reservation Bill would be passed in the Parliament during his tenure.

"I am hoping that the bill will be passed during my tenure. My dream is that it will be part of our Constitution soon," he said interacting with a group of college students.

Noting that the bill could not be passed hitherto since "ours is a fractured polity", he said "many do not want that the seats occupied by them should go to the women".

To a question, he appealed to the students to not "think pessimistic about the Parliament" as there was no better institution other than the Parliament in the country.

"I want all of you to take interest and get rid of corrupt and useless elements like us", he quipped.

"I know you can do a Parliament about which the entire world will feel proud of," he added.

First Published: Oct 08, 2006 17:31 IST