The women's wing of the Telugu Desam Party, Telugu Mahila, has hailed the decision of the Congress government reserving 50 per cent of the seats for women in the local body elections in the State.

The State vice-president of the Telugu Mahila, N. Vijayalakshmi, while complementing the Kiran Kumar Reddy government for its decision has, however, sought to recall that it was during the TDP regime that 33 per cent reservation was provided for the first time to the women who were otherwise confined only to the four walls of their households doing the routine chores. Vijayalakshmi also cited the active involvement of women during the TDP regime in its several women-oriented programmes such as DWCRA, Janma Bhoomi, and Prajala Vaddaku Palana.

Thanking the State government for recognising the inherent talent of the women in proving their mettle even in public life on a par with men, she asserted that they were not inferior to the men in any respect.

While stating that the timing and intent behind the announcement was to garner the women's votes in the ensuing municipal elections, the TDP leader said that the women would not be carried away by the decision alone, because their ultimate aim was to achieve 50 per cent reservation in the Parliament and Assembly on which the Central government was indefinitely dragging its feet.

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