Mulayam to oppose Women's Bill

Bahujan Samaj Party to join hands with Samajwadi Party

Terming the Bill “anti-Muslim” and “anti-backward” SP supremo Mulayam Singh told a press conference here that, “The present form of the bill is against the interests of the Muslims, dalits and backward castes...we shall oppose it with all our might”.

Stating that he was not against reservation for the women, the SP chief said that his party was opposing the present form of the Bill. “We will hardly get to see dalits, Muslims and backwards in the Parliament if the Bill is passed in the present form”, he said.

Slamming the unity between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Bill, Yadav said that it was surprising that the Congress claimed itself to be a secular party and yet it sought BJP’s support for the Bill.

“It has been my contention all along that both the Congress and BJP have always been anti-Muslim and anti-backwards”, he said adding that the two parties did not want any leadership to grow among Muslims, dalits and backwards.

Expressing doubt over the intention of the Congress and BJP, Yadav said that if they were sincere and honest they should instead provide for reservation for the women in government jobs.

Our party will have no objection if reservation is given to the women in government jobs and in the field of education”, Yadav added.

After the Samajwadi Party, the BSP also demanded quota within the quota for dalits, minorities, backward classes and the poor among the upper castes.

BSP strategy
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, BSP general secretary S C Mishra said that party chief Mayawati had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh explaining her party’s stand on the issue.

The BSP leader, however, did not disclose what his party’s strategy would be in case there was a voting on the Bill. He said that a decision in this regard will be taken only after going through the draft bill on Monday.

Miishra said that his party was in favour of quota within quota for dalits, religious minorities, backward castes and women belonging to poor families from the upper castes.

He said that the BSP favoured reservation for the women but added that the reservation bill in its present format was unacceptable.

“We want a bill that would ensure that the women at the lowest level also benefit”, he added.

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