ANDHRA PRADESH

CPI(M) seeks BJP's support to get women's Bill passed

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday charged the BJP with practicing opportunistic politics on the legislation to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament.

It urged the BJP leadership to extend unconditional support to the legislation in the winter session of Parliament.

Initiative

Addressing a press conference here, CPI (M) State secretariat member K. Neela said the statement of BJP President L.K. Advani that political parties should first take the initiative to reserve 33 per cent of the seats for women while distributing the party ticket during elections, is contrary to the earlier stand of the party on supporting the Bill on providing 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament.

Delegation

She said a delegation of Left parties had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the issue and both the leaders had promised that the Bill will be tabled in the winter session of Parliament.

Ms. Neela said the Left parties will extend support to ensure that the Bill is passed. She urged the other parties, particularly Samajwadi Party, not to insist on internal reservation for women of different communities at this stage of the passing of the Bill.

Due share

Asked about Left parties, particularly the CPI (M), not giving due representation to women in party posts and the political bureau, Ms. Neela said women members of the party are fighting for their due share both within and outside the party.

She pointed out that the majority of those elected from the party to the local bodies in West Bengal are women.