New Delhi: Sharad Joshi, the lone Rajya
Sabha member who voted against the Women`s Reservation Bill,
on Wednesday said he would not like women rights to be given by
"I would not like women rights to be given by destroying
democracy," Sharad Joshi of the Swatantra Bharat Paksha said.
He said the Shwetkari Sangathan, a body of farmers to
which he belonged, championed the cause of women but the Bill
in the present form was not proper as it would not lead to
empowerment of women but destroy democracy.
While 186 votes went in favour of the Bill in the Upper
House yesterday, only Sharad Joshi voted against it.
The veteran leader of the farmers said many MPs from all
parties congratulated him for voting against the Bill but did
not reveal the name of such parliamentarians.
Joshi, who is against any form of reservation, said the
country should adopt the proportional representation system to
give representation to all sections, including women.
Joshi also said he had suggested a measure by which more
than 33 per cent women can be given representation in Lok
Sabha and the state assemblies.
Every political party should prepare a list of its MPs
and elections held in the country. If a party gets 30 per cent
of the total votes cast, it should get 30 per cent
representation of MPs in Parliament, he suggested.
"The parties should be free to choose its MPs from any
caste or community," Joshi said, adding that in such a
scenario there cannot be any particular constituency for an MP
but will have an entire country to choose from.