Thursday, March 11, 2010

Karat confirms support for Women's Reservation Bill

New Delhi, Mar 10 (UNI) Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat today affirmed the party's support for Women's Reservation Bill that was passed in the upper house of the Parliament yesterday.

''Our support to the Bill is as much clear and consistent as since beginning and will sustain that till it get passed,'' Mr Karat told UNI.

Replying to a question if the party would withdraw its support after the unprecedented ruckus created over the Bill yesterday in Lok Sabha and it had to be deferred till today, the leader asked, ''Where is the opposition that will lead to any withdrawal?''

He asserted that the party wanted to get it passed in the Lok Sabha in the same way it did in the Rajya Sabha yesterday after due discussions and debates.

The historic Bill, which would reserve 33 per cent seats for the fairer sex in Lok Sabha and state assemblies 186-1, was passed in the upper house after witnessing unruly scenes following which marshals were called into the House to bodily lift the seven MPs who were earlier suspended from the House for the Budget session.


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