Congress president Rahul Gandhi today announced that his goal is to have 50 per cent women in the Congress party. Addressing Mahila Adhikar Sammelan in New Delhi, he assured women leaders that “we are going to promote you, we are going to push you and bring you to the forefront. Our goal is to engage women in leadership on every level.”
Accusing the BJP of stalling Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament, Congress chief recalled that he had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking support to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill through Parliament with a assurance that the Congress will extend its full support if it is brought in the House. If not, he declared that “we will pass it when we come to power.”
He questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Muzaffarpur and Deoria shelter home abuse cases. “The PM will talk about multiple things, but when women are attacked, small girls are raped in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, he stays mum. The daughter of India need to be saved from the BJP MLAs,” he said.
Reflecting on the work undertaken by women Congress leaders like Sheila Dikshit, Gandhi added, “We need women at every level of leadership within and outside the Congress party. If a man and a woman are equally capable of doing a job, I promise you that the Congress will promote the women to the forefront.”