Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saner voices on women representation appearing now

Shiv Sena, an ally of NDA, which voted for the Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, on Thursday said it will oppose it if marshals were called in and force was used to pass the measure in Lok Sabha.

Senior party leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi said the party is not opposed to 33 per cent reservation for women but constituencies should not be reserved and instead it should be made mandatory for the parties to give 33 per cent reservation to women.

It is becoming evidently clear to all MPs that the lottery based system of reservation of constituencies is probably one of the most lunatic ideas to be tried in a democratic setup anywhere.  Certainly a large country like India with 16% of world’s population cannot afford to try such a system of elections.

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