Naveen Snubs Saffron

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strongly favored women’s representation in decision-making bodies like State Legislative Assemblies and the Parliament.

 
In an audio message to the people of the State Mr.Patnaik said that women can prove real double engines of development, Mr.Patnaik drew examples of two women of courage and broad heart: Prime Minister Jacinda Adean of New Zealand and German Chancellor Angela Markel who owned refugees as their own people and were brimming with sympathy for them while many developed democracies spat venom on their entry.
 
Without taking names of any party or leader, the Chief Minister’s double-engine remark and the examples of treatment towards refugees came tentatively to effectively counter and snub the BJP and its leaders harping on the double-engine rhetoric.
 
Mr.Patnaik said the two women leaders are pointers to how women can bring about major change in politics.
 
Stating that Bijubabu was a pioneer of the concept of reservation for women in India and had implemented 33% reservation for them in Panchayat Raj institutions for the first time in the country, Patnaik said the biju Janata Dal has augmented it to 50% in view of their ratio in population statistics.
 
“Some people did not appreciate the step in the initial stage. They practically took a dig at it saying that fathers and husbands of the elected women would manage work on their behalf. Although they were correct to some extent, the situation has changed in course of time and, at present, 60,000 elected women in Odisha are seen rendering wonderful job as ward members, sarpanches, samiti members, Zilla Parisad members as well as ZP presidents,” Mr.Patnaik said.
 
Stating that there has been remarkable change in the rate of infants’ death, mothers’ death and the social and economic indexes, Patnaik lauded the role of women working at the grass-root level. The credit also goes to the 70,000 women involved in Mission Shakti activities.
 
The Chief Minister said a country that does not create opportunity for women’s representation at the highest-level decision-making forum practically works like a single engine.
 
“In my opinion, if India has to compete with America and China at the international level, it has to bring about wide-ranging changes in its political scenario by empowering women. That is the real double engine that the country requires for real and balanced development,” the Chief Minister said.
 
He said had we accorded priority to women’s empowerment from the beginning, our outlook on significant issues would have been different. Issues of war and terror could have been solved in a different way, the Chief Minister added.
 
“Even now, our laws on rape, sexual harassment and dowry can be executed more effectively if provision women’ representation is adequately made. Education and Health will also receive priority. Income of families like income of corporate bodies will also be on priority,” Mr.Patnaik said.

Rejoicing at his party’s decision to send 33% women to the Lok Sabha, Mr.Patnaik said he felt proud for this.
 
BJD Supremo appealed to the voters to elect the seven women candidates his party has fielded from Lok Sabha seats and give a chance to them to speak on their behalf in the Parliament. 
 


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