New Delhi,26 May:A key Parliamentary Committee comprising opponents and supporters of the Women’s Reservation Bill would embark on an exercise on to come out with a report on the contentious measure that has been pending for over a decade.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, headed by senior Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan will have its first meeting on Tuesday. It has been asked to give its report within three months.
Earlier the Committee had no women members but only recently Brinda Karat of CPI(M), Najma Heptulla of BJP and Jayanti Natarajan of Congress have been brought on it.With the nomination of the three women members, staunch supporters of the measure, the deliberations are expected to witness fireworks.
RJD has brought in its Parliamentary party leader Devendra Prasad Yadav – a known opponent of the Bill in its present form – in the key Committee.
Yadav had recently threatened that his party may snap ties with the UPA if its demand for sub-quota for OBCs and minorities in the legislation was not conceded.
The Committee had already sent letters to all political parties seeking their opinion in order arrive at a consensus on the measure.
The Bill, introduced in Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Budget session of Parliament, was referred to the Committee.Courtsey : DD NEWS