Women`s bill to be brought in LS during Monsoon Session

Government on Friday said the controversial Women`s Reservation Bill would be brought for consideration in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session of Parliament -- a move apparently aimed at dividing opposition unity.

New Delhi: Government on Friday said the
controversial Women`s Reservation Bill would be brought for
consideration in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon Session of
Parliament -- a move apparently aimed at dividing opposition
unity.

"We hope to bring it in the Lok Sabha. Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee has announced on the floor of the Lok Sabha
that we will bring it after consultation with all concerned.
We will carry out some consultations," Parliamentary Affairs
Minister P K Bansal told reporters.
The Constitution (108th amendment) Bill, seeking to
provide 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and
state assemblies, has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha
amid stiff opposition from parties like Samajwadi Party, RJD
and JD(U).

The Yadav trio -- Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad and Sharad
-- have been staunchly opposed to the bill in the current form
and wanted a quota within quota for women belonging to OBCs
and minorities.
The bill, hanging fire for over a decade, was passed in
the Rajya Sabha earlier this year with the Congress, BJP and
the Left joining hands. The move had helped break the
opposition unity on the issue of price rise.

This time, opposition has given enough hints of making
common cause on a variety of issues including price rise, fuel
price hike and civil nuclear liability bill.

PTI