Cong will give space to women; RSS is male chauvinist: Raoul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of women safety and questioned his silence on the alleged incidents of rape of girls in some shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress leader said what they did against women in the past four years had not happened in the country in the past 3,000 years. He hit out at the BJP’s ideological mentor, the RSS, alleging that it was a “male chauvinist organisation” and did not have women in it, thus cannot do what the Congress can for women.
Gandhi also promised to extend his party’s full support to the passage of the women reservation bill and said if the Modi government does not bring it, the Congress will do so soon after coming to power. He also talked of empowering women within the Congress and bringing them forward in the organisation, for them to lead a state or the country one day.
He promised to includes more women in central units of the AICC, saying “the country needs them”. Launching a fierce attack on the prime minister, he said various institutions were under attack by the BJP and the RSS, who have “devastated” the country, and that the Congress party will unitedly defeat them in the coming days. Referring to the government’s slogan of “beti bachao, beti padhao”, he said that it was actually for “saving the daughters from BJP MLAs”, an apparent reference to some BJP leaders accused in rape cases. “Institutions are under attack in the country, be it Parliament, vidhan sabhas and the judiciary. Minorities, Dalits, women, tribals, small businessmen are under attack. We will fight the BJP and defeat them in the coming days. “The Congress party and the opposition are working together to fight the ideology of the BJP. We are fighting an ideological battle,” he said while addressing a “Mahila Adhikaar Sammelan” at Talkatora Stadium here. “(He) had talked about changing India, had talked about 70 years…what they have done against women in the last four years, has not happened in the last 3,000 years in this country, leave alone 70 years,” he said. He questioned the silence of Modi on atrocities against women in the backdrop of rapes of girls in shelter homes in Muzaffarpur in Bihar and in Uttar Pradesh. He said, “The prime minister speaks on everything – bullet train, toilets, but not women. Whenever there are atrocities on women, he does not speak up.”
He also said that whenever he goes abroad and embraces leaders, he has no answer on why women are not safe in India. Women are being raped in UP, Bihar and so many other states but the prime minister is quiet. Biggest difference between the BJP/RSS and the Congress is on the place of women. Talking about the women reservation bill, which is pending for the last few years, the Congress chief said the BJP lacks commitment on the issue and cited the example of BJP’s ideological mentor — the RSS, which he said was a “male chauvinist organisation”.
He promised to bring women forward in framing the policy, manifesto and the organisation. He said his job as the Congress president is to ensure women have equal space in the organisation. “We are going to create space for you in the Congress party. We need to create special space for women in our party. We need to create a space at every level.” (Agencies)