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Lalu calls for all-party meet on women’s quota bill

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Thursday asked the central government to convene an all-party meeting ‘to evolve a consensus’ on the women’s reservation bill before introducing it in parliament.

Lalu said his party would oppose the introduction of the bill in its present form in parliament.

‘It is a conspiracy. There should be an all-party meeting and consensus should be evolved,’ Lalu said while participating in the discussion on the motion of thanks on the president’s address.

‘In the name of reservation, prominent (political) leaders’ (parliamentary) chances will be spoiled,’ Lalu said.

He said women were not neglected in the politics and they hold important posts in the country.

President Pratibha Patil, Speaker Meira Kumar, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, political leaders like Mayawati, Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Rabri Devi… ‘all are women leaders’, Lalu said.

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