BJP's Stance On 33 Per Cent Women Reservation Is Unfortunate: BJD

10 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: The statement of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra towards 33 per cent women reservation is quite unfortunate and it portrays his and his party's sloppiness in matters concerning women, said BJD spokesperson Sulochana Das on Sunday.

In the aftermath of the announcement by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a Mission Shakti convention in Kendrapara that Odisha will send 33 per cent women to parliament in coming election, Patra had questioned the intentions of the Odisha Government and had termed it as hypocrisy.

To which Das said, the Chief Minister has fulfilled his promise of introducing 33 per cent reservation for women, which is not tolerated by the BJP. The saffron party has never let women come to the forefront, they lack the attitude, therefore are giving such statements, she added.

"When women had been given 50 per cent reservation in three-tier Panchayati Raj System, the BJP had stated women will not be able to achieve anything. But UN report shows the performance of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). Now also, being given 33 per cent reservation, the women will excel in the works given," said Das.

Addressing the query of Patra, that why 33 per cent reservation system not been introduced in the State Assembly, Das asked why is the BJP getting worried about it as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is yet to come into force. As BJD spokesperson, she will let all know about any decision the party takes in this regard.

Also Read: Odisha Will Send 33 Per Cent Women To Parliament In Coming Election: Naveen Patnaik

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Sulochana Das, Spokesperson, BJD

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Sambit Patra, Spokesperson, BJP