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We want to use woman power to achieve progress: Rahul

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ENTHUSIASTIC: The crowd at the women’s convention addressed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Tumkur on Sunday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
The Hindu ENTHUSIASTIC: The crowd at the women’s convention addressed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Tumkur on Sunday. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

‘States where women are empowered are progressing fast’

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has said that the country cannot achieve the status of a superpower without empowering women.

At a women’s convention at the Mahatma Gandhi grounds here on Sunday, he said, “Unless the women of India are empowered, the country can never become a superpower. We want to use your [women’s] strength in the progress of this country.”

He said that the States where women were being empowered were progressing faster than others. The Congress was ready to accommodate more women in the party’s organisational structure as well as in issuing ticket to contest elections, he said.

Noting the high number of men at the convention, Mr. Gandhi said, “The situation is no different in the Congress. Men outnumber women in the party organisation. More men seek ticket to contest elections either to the Legislative Assemblies or the Lok Sabha,” he said.

“We want to give women equal chance in politics. The doors of the Congress are open to women. We want to open doors for women. Doors of schools, hospitals and Parliament, as without you, there is no progress.” He appealed more women to contest elections to panchayat, the Assembly, and Parliament. “We want to experiment mahila shakti,” he said.

In a wield attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Mr. Gandhi said the Opposition did not respect women and their “ideological organisation” had no place for them.

On the issue of crime against women, Mr. Gandhi said the Congress had passed a stringent law against sexual assault. “Don’t fear when you go to the city in the evenings and in buses. I want your [women] representation in all sectors with safety, freedom and no fear,” he said.

In his 30-minute speech, Mr. Gandhi referred to the self-help group model of Congress-governed Karnataka, which had been adopted in Uttar Pradesh. More than 20 lakh SHGs had been provided with bank linkages in Karnataka, he said. Referring to the Women’s Reservation Bill, he expressed the hope it would be passed in the Lok Sabha.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara addressed the convention.

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For Congress Woman Power mean, Power of one woman only - who's power
will be used for her Son to get PM post

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:05 IST

With the talk of women empowerment. Rahul gandhi has shown the idea of
development quite similar to his great Grand father.Nehru once said if
you educating the women means you are educating a family.we know that
the half of India is women so if you are empowering the women means you
are empowering the nation.

from:  komal jha
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 18:25 IST

women needs to be get into the power as the best understanding which
matches for the safety of women can only be done by a women so by
promoting and validating the posts for the women Rahul is taking a growing
step for the Nation...

from:  amit
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 16:22 IST

political parties right now have main agenda just to gain vote and to
impress people by there work so they are acting upon various reforms which
they have never did but at the same time if we flick the situation
Congress is working for the Nation and is always for creating the women
empowerment for the safety and the rights of the women..

from:  chabra
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 16:22 IST

Congress have promoted many things for the safety and well living of
Women. to save the endangered women Congress have did many things to save
women from the traffic. women do not feel safe while travelling in the
public transport and to remove this fear Congress is planning big for
them....

from:  shobhit
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 16:19 IST

Why Rahul? all your current men are useless and you want to use women? WHo are you trying to fool man? Why dont you ask all your ministers to wear saree?

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 13:08 IST

Rahul Gandhi is aware of the women power. Spearheading Indian politics
towards a new direction, he is surely the peace keeper for times to come.

from:  Rupesh Pegwar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 12:03 IST

We need positive changes in our society.Women can bring change by
working at the grass root level, they can be really handy in every
field. So , i think Rahul has vision and he cares for women.

from:  Tarun Aggarwal
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 12:01 IST

Its great to know that Rahul Gandhi knows the importance of women in our
society and works for their empowerment.

from:  Bejoy Das
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 12:00 IST

If we see history, we will come to know that our country has been male
dominated country, but in the past few years women have been doing much
better work than men. This shows how crucial role women has to pay in
the future.

from:  Anuj Dhaka
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 11:59 IST

Rahul has done genuine work for women. He has been doing some good work,
women have faith in him,so do youngsters. He can bring good changes.

from:  Anuj Dhaka
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 11:58 IST

Congress has shown faith in women , that's what we need.Congress
empowered women and has given rights to them. Without empowering women,
India cannot strive for better developments and opportunities.

from:  Shashank Singh
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 11:57 IST

We have seen that Rahul believes in giving women an equal chance in
politics...He wants to see more women in panchayats. His thoughts should
be praised.

from:  Shashank Singh
Posted on: Feb 17, 2014 at 11:52 IST
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