Ramvilas Paswan for increasing LS seats

Patna: LJP supremo Ramvilas Paswan Saturday urged the Centre to raise the number of Lok Sabha seats from existing 543 to 814 and make provisions for quota for SC, ST, other weaker sections of society and minorities.

"I have serious apprehensions over the passage of the bill in its present form...We have suggested increasing the number of seats from existing 543 to 814 and making provisions for reservation within reservation for SC, ST, other weaker sections of society and minorities in the bill before adoption in the LS," Paswan told reporters.

Stating that there has been no change in the number of LS seats though the population has swelled to 120 crore, Paswan said making reservation for women in the existing seats would encourage corruption and jeopardise the development of a constituency as the representatives would remain in doubt whether their seats would be reserved for women after a five-year term.

On the Bandopadhyay Commission on land reforms in Bihar, Paswan said "people will like to know the contents of report, the state government's intentions on recommendations on sharecroppers and details of expenditure on the commission's office."

He also asked the chief minister to explain to the people on March 22 (Bihar Divas) about the promises he had fulfilled or the welfare of the people of the state.

Paswan charged the state government with failure to maintain law and order and checking corruption, espcially in implementation of NREGA.