‘No commitment in providing reservations’

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Lok Satta party on Thursday termed as ‘hypocrisy’, the failure of mainstream political parties in giving women the space they deserved in politics by providing reservation.

In a press release, party president Jayaprakash Narayan said that the Bill was introduced in Parliament with unfailing regularity since 1996 merely testified to the insincerity of parties. “Nothing in the law or the Constitution prevents the parties from fielding women in elections to legislatures and yet they pretend inability to do so without Constitutional amendment,” he said.

Sharp contrast

In elections since 1984, 26 per cent male and 33 per cent women candidates emerged winners and yet political parties did not encourage women for fear of losing ‘male domination’, he said, adding that it was in sharp contrast to mature democracies where women were ensured higher representation by law, strict party rules or convention.

Dr. Narayan said the Lok Satta movement had proposed an alternative and even drafted a model bill in 1999. The Lok Satta , was committed to fielding women in one-third of the seats in the general elections next year without waiting for reservations or constitutional amendment, he said.

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