Days after supporting the Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Shiv Sena now says the legislation is a ploy to garner women's votes and does not have welfare of women at heart."The bill has nothing to do with women's welfare. It is a ploy to get women's votes," Sena chief Bal Thackeray said in a statement.
The 83-year-old leader's statement was circulated here as part of his traditional message to supporters on the occasion of 'Gudhi Padwa' on Tuesady ."Injustice against women continues. They are suffering due to rising prices. Is it going to end because of the Bill," he asked.
"Sena has given a clarion call that along with the bill, women should also get protection. But that is left aside and political colours are being given," he said. Anant Geete, leader of the party in Lok Sabha had recently said that the Sena, an ally of NDA, which voted for the Women's Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, would not allow the Bill to be passed in Lok Sabha with the use of marshals and force. Opposing the Bill in its present form, Geete had alleged the government was hardly interested in the welfare of women but only wanted to take credit for the legislation. PTI