Women’s quota bill ‘anti-Muslim’,’anti-Dalit’: Mulayam

Lucknow, March 7 (IANS) Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav Sunday termed the women’s reservation bill ‘anti-Muslim’ and ‘anti-Dalit’, and said it will restrict chances of members of these communities getting elected to legislatures.

‘When states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi or Orissa rarely elect even a single Muslim, the reservation for women will further minimise the chance of a Muslim ever getting elected from these places,’ he said at a press conference here.

Opposing the reservation bill in its present form, he contended that the quota for Dalit women will actually eat into the quota for Dalits, ‘depriving Dalit men’.

Slamming the stand of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who are supporting the bill, Mulayam Singh said: ‘Their stand clearly reflects that they are hand in glove and their real intent is to harm the larger interests of Muslims, Dalits as well as backwards’.

In a reference to the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), he remarked: ‘There are certain political parties in the country which are dominated by women whose word is law in their respective parties but did they ever care to allocate 30 per cent tickets to women? If they wanted, they could have even given away 50 per cent or even 100 per cent seats to women, but they never did so’.

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