Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:40:31 GMT

Split wide open: BJP divided over Women’s Reservation Bill

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday denied reports that it was divided over the women's reservation bill but the rift was evident with a section of MPs led by Yogi Adityanath said that quotas for women were "needless" and would be opposed in the Lok Sabha.


Split wide open: BJP divided over Women’s Reservation Bill

Adityanath, who represents Gorakhpur in the lower house, openly rebelled against the bill that seeks to reserve a third of all seats in the country's legislatures for women.

"It is needless. We are against any reservation. Everybody should come to (parliament) on his/her ability," he said, adding that the BJP leadership had fallen into a trap of the Congress-led government.

"There are other more important issues to be discussed. People are suffering from price rise, there is Maoist insurgency, there is terrorism, and our country is facing grave internal and external security threats. The government wants to deflect attention of the public and MPs from these issues," Adityanath told IANS outside parliament.

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