Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (LocalWire) A Biju Janata Dal (BJD) delegation on Saturday met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar at his Pune residence to seek his and his party’s support on Women’s Reservation Bill.
The BJD team included School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra and senior leader Arup Patnaik.
“We met Sharad Pawar and requested him to support our cause of 33% reservation for women in state assemblies and Parliament,” Patra told reporters.
Pawar said: “Odisha Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has consistently been seeking support for women’s reservation. Today, we met to discuss the issue.”
Earlier, BJD said its senior leaders will meet representatives of seven national parties and 15 regional parties across the country seeking support to 33 percent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies.
The party even released a list of delegations of senior party leaders, who are assigned to meet representatives of 22 political parties, including Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had even written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to pass the bill.
The state assembly has already passed an unanimous bill for the same.
The BJD delegations have been assigned to meet representatives of BJP, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Maxist) [CPI-M] and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
They will also meet regional parties like Samajwadi Party (SP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal (United) [JD(U)], Janata Dal (Secular) [JD(S)], Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).