New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday expressed its
keenness in getting the Women`s Reservation Bill passed in Lok
after a consensus is evolved on the issue and not by use of
marshals as was done in Rajya Sabha last year.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani told the party`s
Parliamentary Board meeting today that the party wants the
Women`s Reservation Bill to be passed in Lok Sabha but only
after a consensus is evolved on the issue.
He said it should not be done with the use of marshals
like it was done in the Rajya Sabha last year," Deputy Leader
of BJP in Rajya Sabha SS Ahluwalia told reporters.
Advani said BJP was the first party to demand for
reservation for women in state Assemblies and the Lok Sabha.
"He also said that it should be discussed and taken up
for consideration if the Election Commission can make
political parties duty bound to give 33 per cent reservation
in seats during ticket distribution," Ahluwalia said.
The BJP Parliamentary Party meeting also discussed the
stalemate between Congress and its ally DMK on seat-sharing
for the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.
"The alliance talk between DMK and Congress is not
merely on division of seats for the Assembly Elections. This
is something more serious and deals with the functioning of
CBI. Instead of putting pressure on those involved in
corruption in 2G spectrum allocation, this is about putting
pressure on the CBI," Ahluwalia said.
The main opposition also decided that it would demand
discussion in Parliament on other scams and anomalies
including in NALCO, MNREGA, S-band allocation, PDS and Prasar
The recent 65-page report of military intelligence
stating Rs 18,000 crore of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN)
was also discussed and the BJP leaders expressed concern over
On the issue of Indian Black money stashed abroad,
Ahluwalia said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had announced
that an understanding had been reached between India and the
Swiss banks on sharing details of such accounts.
"But this will come into effect prospectively from
April 2011. So this announcement by the Finance Minister will
serve as a warning to those who have Swiss bank accounts and
they will either divert this money or withdraw it. This money
will not be able to reach the country," Ahluwalia said.
Asked about the arrest of Hasan Ali in the tax evasion
case, the BJP leader said, "This is all just an eyewash. He
should not only be arrested but the government should also
find out and recover his tax dues of Rs 36,000 crore."