Speaker indicates she is not in favour of caste census

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who completed one year in office today, has indicated she is not in favour of a caste census, saying she has always worked towards a casteless society.

Last Updated: Jun 03, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who
completed one year in office today, has indicated she is not
in favour of a caste census, saying she has always worked
towards a casteless society.

65-year-old Kumar, a former foreign service officer and a
five-term MP, also described as speculation that she may come
back to politics possibly as Congress` chief ministerial
candidate for Bihar.

"I have always worked towards a casteless society. The
aim of the founding fathers of the Constitution has been to
establish casteless society. Anything which leads to that it
would take us further to that direction is welcome by me,"
Kumar told a private news channel.

On the Women`s Reservation Bill, Kumar pitched for a
political consensus in the Lok Sabha, where she made it clear
that a repeat of the Rajya Sabha was not favourable.

Kumar said she would not like marshals to be used for the
purpose of the passage of the legislation.

"I think it is very important for various parties, all
the parties, to arrive at a consensus," said Kumar, who is
also a former union minister.

When asked whether she will allow the bill to be pushed
through in the Lok Sabha the way it was in the Rajya Sabha
where marshals had to be summoned to remove some MPs, Kumar
said "I don`t like the role of any marshals for this purpose."

"I have great respect for my MPs," Kumar said.

PTI