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BJP roots for women's quota, slams UPA

February 21, 2008
Seeking to corner the United Progressive Alliance government over the women's quota issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday asked it to bring a bill providing for 33 per cent reservation in the coming Budget session of Parliament and promised to back it.

Addressing a rally organised by the party over the reservation issue, senior BJP leader L K Advani said the Manmohan Singh government had promised the quota for women in Lok Sabha and Assemblies in its Common Minimum Programme but not fulfilled it.

"My advice to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not to delay it (reservation for women) further. Announce it in the President's address and introduce the bill in this session. It will have BJP's support," the Leader of the Opposition said.

"I urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to implement what is written in your common minimum programme (CMP)," the BJP leader said, adding there should be 'no discrimination' against women.

Image: BJP leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj wave at party's women supporters during the rally.
Photographs: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

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