Don`t foresee problem in passage of Women Bill in LS: Pawar

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.

PTI



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

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