New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday called for a debate on the Women`s Reservation Bill while also retreating that it supports the Women`s Reservation Bill and will vote in its favour in the Parliament.
The BJP top brass after the meeting of the parliamentary party asked all its Rajya Sabha MPs to present in the house and vote in favour of the bill if and when it comes up for voting.
However, the BJP is also in favour of holding a debate on the issue so that the voices of the opponents can be heard. The debate would also be a good way to expose the politics of those against the bill, the party feels.
They have also accused the Congress party for lacking clarity on the issue.
After yesterday fiasco, the BJP had chided the government of failing in floor management in the Rajya Sabha over the bill.
"The BJP has offered unconditional support to the government to pass the bill. But the government failed Monday," senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
BJP activists protest outside Parliament
A group of women BJP activists today staged a demonstration outside Parliament to protest the delay in the passage of Women`s Reservation Bill and against
leaders opposed to the historic legislation.
Over 20 activists under the aegis of BJP Mahila Morcha converged at the Parliament Gate near Vijay Chowk and blocked traffic for some time.
Police immediately swung into action and detained them. They were taken to Parliament Street police station, a senior police official said.
The protestors were raising slogans against the government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Some MPs alleged that they were blocked from entering Parliament House.
Reacting to the protest, RJD chief and one of the strongest opponent of the Bill, Lalu Prasad said, "See, they are even blocking MPs from entering Parliament."