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Waiting for consensus on women's Bill "undemocratic"

Many parties have given up insistence on quota within quota In Delhi, NFIW will stage round-the-clock dharna

NEW DELHI: The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) has asked the United Progressive Alliance Government to table the original Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament in the coming session.

It claims that several parties, which were earlier insisting on a quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) within the reservation, have changed their position now.

"We have spoken to PMK and DMK leaders, who told us that they would not insist on separate reservation for the OBC within the 33 per cent [for women in Parliament and State Assemblies]. Similarly, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad assured us that if the Government increased the number of seats, his party would support the legislation,'' NFIW general secretary Annie Raja told reporters here on Friday.

All parties were willing to support the Bill.

However, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's response to the plea made by a women's delegation recently for tabling the Bill was "disappointing."