Pawar criticises Modi for ‘ghamandia’ remarks, highlights Congress, allies’ wholehearted support for Women’s Reservation Bill 

On the issue of tension between India-Canada tensions, Mr. Pawar said his total support as an Indian citizen will be with the policy of the Indian government

Updated - September 26, 2023 06:12 pm IST

Published - September 26, 2023 04:40 pm IST - Mumbai

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar. File.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar. File. | Photo Credit: PTI

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for claiming credit over the Women's Reservation Bill, stating that Maharashtra was the first State in the country to implement pro-women policies. 

He asserted that Mr. Modi was not adequately briefed about the bill, and highlighted that Maharashtra set an early example by introducing 30% reservation for women in municipal and district local body elections back in 1994, countering any claims that the country hadn’t previously considered women’s reservation. 

The former Union Minister said that the Congress party and its allies’ wholeheartedly supported the bill in Parliament. 

Mr. Pawar’s statement comes a day after PM Modi said in Madhya Pradesh that the Congress and its allies in the new ‘ghamandia’ (arrogant) alliance supported the bill in Parliament ‘reluctantly’.

“It was the previous Congress governments in Maharashtra and at the Centre that had initiated steps for women’s empowerment. I completely disagree with PM Modi’s statement. On June 24, 1994, the Congress government headed by me in the State had unveiled a women’s policy which was the first in the country,” the 82-year-old politician said, adding that the Congress government at the Centre has bought the 73rd constitutional amendment, which paved the way for 33% quota for women in local bodies.  

“When I was Defence minister, 11% reservation was given to women in Army, Navy and Air Force. 

Asked about his recent meeting with industrialist Gautam Adani in Gujarat, the NCP founder said that he had gone to inaugurate an industrial unit of a businessman from Baramati (his political turf), and Mr. Adani was the chief guest of the function. 

Further, the four time Maharashtra Chief Minister said that he supports the NDA government over alleged Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar row. “As an Indian citizen, my total support will be with the policy of the Indian government,” he said. 

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