New Delhi: The meeting of political parties called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Women Reservation on Thursday failed to yield any result as most of the political parties opposing the Bill since its inception refused to scale down from their stated position.

Targeting the Centre, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said, “Through the Bill the government is trying to downsize those political parties who are actively working in rural areas for financially weak and backward class."
 
Mulayam asserted that his party is not against the Women Reservation Bill per se, but they do not support it in its existing form. He laid thrust on quota within quota.  “Bill should have quota for women belonging to backward, dalit and minority sections," said Yadav.

BSP leader Dara Singh Chauhan also raised objection on the existing form of the Bill. “In order to get the Bill ratified in the Parliament, it is important to have consensus among all the political parties."

Suggesting quota for women in political parties, Lokdal leader Ajit Singh said, “Political parties which fail to have quota for women in their respective parties, should mandatorily be asked to nominate 50 per cent women to Upper House and state assembly councils."

Sources said RJD supremeo Lalu Prasad Yadav went to the extent of saying that even if the government deploys army in the Parliament, it won’t be able to pass the Bill in its present form.

It is noteworthy that despite strong protests, the government managed to get the Bill passed in Rajya Sabha.

JPN/Bureau