In an attempt to woo women voters BJP suddenly rakes up the issue of women reservation. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that NDA government would pass the long-pending legislation providing 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures once they get majority in Rajya Sabha.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has this in mind and the day is not is far when Parliament will pass the law providing women reservation through consensus. Once we (NDA) get majority in Rajya Sabha, we will get the Bill passed,” Naidu said, addressing the National Women’s Parliament in Amaravati today.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was also present in the programme. He said more women leaders would make the world safer as they can ensure promoting deeper human values. “Scientists now say women are more sensitive of others’ suffering. There are 200 nations on this planet and more women leaders would bring more safer world,” the Buddhist monk observed.
Noting that gender inequality was having a serious impact on economic development, Venkaiah said focus should be on gender empowerment to end inequalities.
“On a scale of 0-1 in gender inequality index, India ranked 0.54. Gender inequality is having a serious impact on economic development and it has become a pressing concern across the world. Hence, there is a global demand for women empowerment,” the Union minister said.
The three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly with the theme of ‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy’, began today in the state capital of Amaravati.
Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and P Ashok Gajapati Raju, AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Puducherry lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Chaudhury, Gandhian Ela Bhatt, actress Manisha Koirala and many other dignitaries attended the inaugural event at Pavitra Sangamam here.