Ensuring larger participation of women governance in Congress rules states, Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said that he would like half his party’s chief ministers in the country to be women in the next five to seven years. Addressing party’s women’s convention in Rajasthan, he assured that women will be given suitable representation by Congress at all levels. He alleged that though chief minister in the BJP ruled Rajasthan is a woman but her thoughts are not for women.
“I have taken the decision that I will promote the participation of women in the organisation and at the level of zila parishad, pradhan and then at the level of MLA and MP. After that I want that in next 5 to 7 years, half of our chief ministers in the country should be women,” he said.
As the Congress chief, Gandhi said, his role may be that of a “judge” in the party but he would be willing to be the “lawyer” of women in order to promote them and to enhancement their presence in the organisation. He said that winnability should indeed be a criteria in deciding for a candidate in election, but women too can win.
“I want that when I read out the list of leaders at such programmes, at least 30-40 per cent should be of women in every state, he said, while telling the members of the mahila Congress that he was not giving any gift but was giving them their right. Stating that the BJP have an organisation of women, but that organisation does not take decisions and the decision is taken there by the men, he added.