Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Lok Satta Party has welcomed the UPA government’s move to provide for reservations of women in legislative bodies as part of its 100-day programme but drew its attention to the certain flaws in the Bill which need to be rectified.

It urged the Union government to consider an alternative to the Government Bill for women’s reservation in legislatures presented by Lok Satta way back in 1999 to make it hassle free.

Addressing media persons here on Friday, Lok Satta president Jayaprakash Narayan said the Bill proposed rotation of reserved one-third seats once in every general election. Such a stipulation would result in unseating two-thirds of incumbents in every general election. When male incumbents were forced out, they tended to field their womenfolk as proxies hindering development of natural leadership. Such compulsory unseating would deprive legislators of the incentive to seek re-election from the same constituency. The alternative proposed by the Lok Satta to the Bill made it mandatory for every political party to field women in one-third of constituencies in every State, taken as a unit, for Lok Sabha elections. Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said the Government Bill in its present form was silent about women’s representation in the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Councils.