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RIGHT PRIORITIES: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje at World Women’s Day celebrations organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha in Bangalore on Tuesday.
RIGHT PRIORITIES: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje at World Women’s Day celebrations organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha in Bangalore on Tuesday.

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BANGALORE: Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje on Tuesday called upon women to fight female foeticide.

The Minister was inaugurating a programme organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahila Morcha to observe Women’s Day in Bangalore.

Ms. Karandlaje said it was possible to tackle the above social problem only when women take the lead in putting up a strong resistance to this.

She asked women to fight shortage of power and water by harnessing solar energy and rainwater harvesting. She said there was a need to boost the harnessing of renewable energy and rainwater.

Ms. Karandlaje said the National Democratic Alliance, if voted to power, would implement various schemes for the empowerment of women.

She said the NDA Government, headed by A.B. Vajpayee, had taken up various women’s empowerment schemes. However, the UPA Government had stopped such schemes, she alleged.

She said the BJP Government in the State had taken up several programmes for the uplift of women. These included Bhagya Lakhsmi scheme and also the construction of 114 residential schools for girls.

Pointing out that the women had proved their mettle through their multi-tasking abilities in domestic front and at work place, the Minister urged women to shun inhibition and join politics in large numbers.

She called upon the Mahila Morcha members to strive for the success of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections on the basis of the achievements of the NDA and the BJP Government in the State as well as the “failures” of the UPA Government at the Centre.

BJP MLA Dr. Ashwathnarayan and BJP general secretary Mangala Sridhar were present.

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