Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sharad Yadav seeks to wriggle out of poison statement

New Delhi, June 6 (PTI) JD-U President Sharad Yadav, who had created flutters with his threat to consume poison and die if the women's reservation bill was passed, today sought to wriggle out of his statement but maintained his strong opposition to the measure in its present form.
Claiming that the present bill would only allow entry of women of "elite class of society", he demanded at a press conference that the bill should be amended to provide for quota for women belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities.

"I had taken the name of Socrates. He (the Greek philosopher) was not not the one to consume poison himself. He was given poison for speaking the truth. I am a fighter and I will not not give up," he told a press conference adding he had not not said he would take poison.

"What I said (in Lok Sabha yesterday) should have been understood in its spirit," Yadav, a long-time opponent of the bill, said adding one should not not go merely by words.

Participating in the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Lok Sabha yesterday, he had said "We may not have the numbers. I will consume poison and die here but not allow the passage of the women's reservation bill."

He had referred to Greek philosopher Socrates who was forced to consume poison or compromise on his view. He preferred poison. PTI

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