Don`t foresee problem in passage of Women Bill in LS: Pawar
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:49
Mumbai: Reiterating his support to the Women's Reservation Bill, Union Agriculture Minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar on Saturday expressed confidence that it would be passed in the Lok Sabha during the current Budget session.

Inaugurating the two-day conclave of about 220 party delegates from all over the country at Karla, about 104 kms from here, Pawar said he did not foresee any problem in the passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha.

"It would be passed in the ongoing session itself," Pawar said.

He stressed that the focus before the NCP in the coming days would be to expand its footprints in all the states.

The highlight of the first day deliberations was presentation of an 'Approach Paper' for discussion "NCP-today and tomorrow" by General Secretary and Chief Spokesman D P Tripathi.

Speaking about political parties, Tripathi said size and age are no guarantee of relevance. "Many of the national parties survive as venerable relics basking in past glory. Ungainly as dinosaurs of Jurassic period, they fail to enthuse or energise the young Indians," he said.

Tripathi said NCP is a small party, but it has like many small but strong parties all over the world, played a significant role.

"Small size has meant that NCP is far more coherent than many other sprawling and amorphous umbrella parties that occupy the political stage in India," he said.

Tripathi said, "carrying dead wood of past on our shoulders can only cripple our creativity."

He said the era of single party domination in Indian politics is over and the age of coalition politics has dawned.

"The qualities that are required today are resilience and a capacity to innovate. It is difficult to imagine how a political party can cope with emerging challenges unless it combines these traits with courage of its convictions," Tripathi said, adding the NCP has passed this test with flying colours.

He also said the NCP's main slogan should be "Technology to the villages" which will ensure all round social and economic development. Tripathi said he failed to understand why the party failed to propagate the "Baramati experiment".

"Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has admired the Baramati endeavour as an example to be adopted for transformation of India," he said, adding the Prime Minister had mentioned that the enormous agrarian success story of Baramati needs to be replicated across the country if we have to get rid of chronic poverty, ignorance and disease.

Tripathi said the organisational and political growth of the party in the second decade will depend on the approach - "work in the present and think for the delightful future."

Pawar will deliver the valedictory address tomorrow.


First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:49

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