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Women Reservation to benefit rich: Mulayam

Posted on Nov 09, 02:13PM | IBNS

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has said if the Women Reservation Bill is passed then women belonging to 'affluent class' will march ahead while 'poor sections' will move behind.

"With it (Women Reservation Bill) coming into effect, women belonging to the affluent class will move ahead but those belonging to poor background will be pushed back," Yadav said while speaking at a function here on Thursday.

The Bill seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

The Rajya Sabha passed it in 2010.

Yadav also criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on its decision to bring Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

"It will cost 5 crore jobs in Uttar Pradesh. We are not going to allow any kind of FDI that hampers the development of the state," Yadav said.

He said FDI in multi-brand retail will have a 'bad impact' on 'small traders'.