Kendrapara, Mar 10 : BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced to field 33 per cent woman candidates in Lok sabha elections in Odisha and called upon all political parties to follow it.
Addressing Mission Shakti convention in this coastal Odisha town, Mr Patnaik said ‘he would like to announce here, the 'karma bhumi' of legendary Biju Babu that Odisha will send 33 per cent women to Parliament in the coming election.
He said kendrapara is the karma bhumi of Biju babu and in the 1990s he showed the way to the entire nation and for the first time in the country implemented 33 per cent reservation for women in the Panchayati Raj institutions and also government jobs. In 2012, the state government, had enhanced it to 50 per cent in PR institutions and last year taking the move ahead the Odisha government for the first time passed a resolution in the state Assembly to provide 33 per cent reservation for women both in parliament and state legislatures,Mr Patnaik said. The chief minister said he had also sent a proposal in this regard to all the state and Chief ministers.
Stating that if India is to advanced like China and America,the women empowerment is the only answer. The women of Odisha would lead the way in women empowerment in the country, he said. The chief minister called upon all national parties that if they are true to their words, they must follow what they are propagating for women empowerment.
He further said his announcement of 33 per cent seat to women in Lok Sabha elections in Odisha at the sacred land of lord Baldevjew will create history in the journey of women empowerment in India.
However, BJP national spokesman Sambit Patra criticized Mr Patnaik for adopting a double standard in his approach towards the women empowerment.
He said the chief minister had advocated 33 per cent reservation for women in both Parliament and state legislature but announced to field 33 per cent candidates only in the Lok Sabha elections.
As per Mr Patnaik’s announcement, BJD will now field seven women candidates in the Lok Sabha elections in the state which has 21 Lok sabha constituencies.UNI