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CHENNAI: The former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is looking forward to the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament next week.

He told The Hindu on Friday: “Today, I addressed and interacted with 6,000 students at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai. While interacting with them, there were many questions. One B.Sc. student asked me: ‘How can students contribute to the National Vision 2020?' My answer was: ‘There is a possibility that the Women's Bill will get cleared. Tell me friends, how many of you would like to become MPs?'

“I was surprised – more than 100 hands went up. It was a good signal. I suggested that women MPs can contribute towards developmental politics. Probably then Parliament will become purpose-oriented.”

Earlier, at the end of his interaction with the students, Mr. Kalam had told reporters that the Bill would only make a difference if women chose to pursue politics.

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