Not opposed to Women`s Reservation Bill: Lalu

RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has stiffly resisted the women`s reservation bill, on Wednesday said he was not against the proposed legislation but would like to see women from poor sections of society benefit from it.

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 19:31 PM IST

New Delhi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who has
stiffly resisted the women`s reservation bill, on Wednesday said he
was not against the proposed legislation but would like to see
women from poor sections of society benefit from it.

"I am not against the women`s bill as being portrayed
by some political parties and the media. All I say is that
women from poor sections of society should be the ones to
benefit from such reservation," Prasad said here.
He was addressing party workers as part of an exercise
to galvanise strength for local body elections next year.

The RJD president said that he and leaders like
Mulayam Singh Yadav opposed the Bill in Parliament as they
wanted to prevent `elite` women from taking advantage of
reservation and occupying important posts.

Prasad slammed the government on the issue of price
rise and said people should keep the spiralling prices in mind
when they elect the next government, both at the state level
and the Centre.

"How can any credible government stay in power after
it has failed to curb prices for so many months? Next time you
cast your vote, keep this in mind," Prasad said.

He urged the RJD supporters to work hard so that they
can win seats in the next local body and Assembly polls in New
Delhi.
"It is not impossible to win elections in New Delhi.
We have to be persistent and then we can topple Sheila Dixit,"
he said.

PTI