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Women`s reservation bill on Cong agenda: Kumar

Last Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 00:33

Panaji: Minister of State for Parliamentary
Affairs Ashwani Kumar on Saturday asserted that the Congress is
strongly pursuing the women`s reservation bill, but said he is
not sure whether the bill is on the agenda of the forthcoming
monsoon session.

"I don`t know what the agenda of monsoon session is, but
it (women`s reservation bill) is constantly on the agenda of
the congress party," Kumar told reporters after holding a
meeting with a delegation from Goa women`s Congress.

Asserting that the party was keen to bring the
much-awaited bill, Kumar said, "However, we have got to have a
large political consensus because it (the bill) required
constitutional amendment."

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is committed to bring
this bill, he said.

The minister also assured the delegation that enough
representation would be given to women in Goa during
distribution of tickets for the forthcoming state legislative
assembly elections scheduled next year.

Kumar also said only those with clean record will be
allotted the tickets to contest.

He, however, did not respond to the queries pertaining to
alleged involvement of several Goa Congress ministers in
corruption-related controversies.


First Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 00:33
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