The National Commission for Women has appealed to the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal to support the Women's Reservation Bill when it is taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
As for their opposition to the Bill in its present form, chairperson Girija Vyas told journalists here on Saturday that these parties had one more day to think over. “We appeal to everyone to support the Bill. But even if they do not, it [the Bill] will still be passed.”
Ms. Vyas said: “It is a golden opportunity for all MPs to be part of such a momentous Bill, which will have far-reaching implications for not only the empowerment of women but future generations.”
Ruling out a quota within quota as demanded by the SP and the RJD, Ms Vyas said: “Reservation within reservation is not possible. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes already get reservation, and there is no need for reservation in this category.”
Ms. Vyas thanked the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Janata Dal (United) and the Left for supporting the Bill.