CPI-M seeks debate on 'lynching', says Women Quota Bill must be brought back

CPI-M seeks debate on lynching, says Women Quota Bill must be brought back

New Delhi: Hours before the commencement of monsoon session of Parliament, the CPI-M today mounted pressure on the government to bring back the much talked about the Women Reservation Bill and also said that the party will demand detailed debate on the "rising instances of lynching" in the country. "The Women Reservation Bill, which was promised by the NDA government in 2014 has not yet been introduced. Secondly, farmers are committing suicide across the nation; it is important to bring a Minimum Support Price Bill," CPI-M general secretary and party's floor leader in Rajya Sabha Sitaram Yechury told reporters here. Mr Yechury also told the government during all-party meeting that his party would want debate in Parliament on "deteriorating internal security situation" in the country especially in the context of growing incidents of lynching. "We have already given a notice on the alarming and rising instances of lynching, which threaten to erode the faith in our system for a large section of Indians," said Mr Yechury, whose stint as Rajya Sabha member ends on August 18. Moreover, the senior Marxist leader said after the introduction of Aadhar," all the data of the citizen is now available online". This, he said, violates the fundamental right of the citizen to privacy. "A new law of Right to Privacy should also be introduced," he said. He further said instead of pushing for introduction of new bills --- the government should focus on passing of several pending bills. "If they want to pass all the Bills only on the basis of their majority in the House, then it is not going to happen," he said. Mr Yechury also said the standoff with China and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir must be addressed at the earliest. The chances of Mr Yechury's re-election to the Rajya Sabha is slowly turning into a political row as apparently the Congress high command in Delhi is interested to back his candidature while the Bengal unit of Congress party is opposed to the idea. The CPI(M) politburo last month decided "not to give" another term to party general secretary Yechury in Rajya Sabha. While one section of the CPI-M party had urged the central leadership to decide on taking the support of the Congress to ensure another term for Yechury, the Kerala unit has been vehemently opposed to the move. In 294-member West Bengal assembly, with modest 26 MLAs, the CPI-M on its own cannot ensure return of Mr Yechury as member of the Rajya Sabha. The nine vacancies in the Rajya Sabha - including six from West Bengal - are to be filled in elections to be held on August 8.

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