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SP to dissolve State units

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NEW DELHI: Not happy with its performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday decided to dissolve all its State units and front organisations with a view to re-organising them and making them more effective.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the party’s parliamentary party here. The meeting also unanimously elected party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as the parliamentary party president.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said the SP would consider it if the government made suitable amendments to the Women’s Reservation Bill.

The party was in favour of giving reservation to women belonging to OBC category and minorities. Instead of the Delimitation Commission, political parties should be given the authority to decide which seat should be reserved for women. Also, there was a need to do away with the provision of rotation of seats.

“The Delimitation Commission takes population as the parameter. We don’t agree with that. The rotation provision in the Bill is also not correct, as it could make a sitting MP negligent towards his responsibilities for his constituency, since he may not be contesting from the same seat next time,” he said.

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