BANGALORE: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said the Janata Dal (Secular) has no objection to fielding women as its candidates if they had the capability to win.
Mr. Kumaraswamy was inaugurating the International Women’s Day function organised by the Janata Dal (Secular) at its party office in the city on Friday.
The former Chief Minister said the party discussed the probable candidates with the local leaders before finalising the names.
“We have to count on the opinion of party’s local unit leaders at the time of choosing candidates. If the local leaders are of the opinion that the probable women candidates are not in a position to win, we will not go against their wishes,” he said.
However, he said the party would bring pressure on the Centre to pass the long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill that provided 33 per cent reservation to women in legislature.
Mr. Kumaraswamy’s wife and Madhugiri MLA Anitha Kumaraswamy said women, who played an important role in the “male dominated society”, should develop the capability to win elections. “Then women will be given the ticket to contest the elections,” she said.
Journalist Gauri Lankesh, who participated in the function, lashed out at the BJP and decried the attitude of its leaders towards women. “It is a party which harasses women”, she said and referred to the inquiry into the “mysterious” death of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s wife, the episode involving BJP MLA M.P. Renukacharya besides the circumstances leading to the suicide of BJP MLA Raghupathi Bhat’s wife Padmapriya.
Earlier, Mr. Kumaraswamy formally handed over charge of the party’s women’s wing to its newly appointed president Jyothi Reddy. Women MLAs of the party – Kalpana Siddaraju and Anitha Kumaraswamy — were felicitated.