|In Delhi, a dharna was held on Parliament Street to highlight these demands. Several activists participated in the dharna despite heavy rains and difficulties in commuting. Brinda Karat, general secretary, Kalindi Deshpande, treasurer, Rehana Sayed central executive committee member addressed the participants. Explaining the background in which these issues have gained prime importance for women in India, in particular the poor women, Brinda Karat stressed upon the urgent need to legislate Employment Guarantee Act, which the UPA government has promised as part of the CMP. "However, mere Act or employment of any kind will not suffice" she said. "We have to ensure that not only one third of employment is guaranteed for women but also reject all attempts to give women such work which they are unable to do physically, for example earth removing job." On women's reservation bill, she recalled that during the NDA government, the Congress and the Left had given a written assurance to support the bill, but the government failed to place it before the parliament even for discussion. "Is the BJP willing to give a written support today?" she asked. Karat also highlighted the need to pass the domestic violence bill as violence against women is on the constant rise.