Mallikarjun Kharge’s comment on the Women Reservation Bill sparks uproar: ‘Political parties tend to choose weak women.’

In a parliamentary session discussing the Women Reservation Bill, Mallikarjun Kharge, the President of the Congress Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, drew attention to the low literacy rates among women from scheduled castes, suggesting that political parties tend to favor less educated women. His remarks caused a commotion in Parliament, with Union Ministers objecting to his statement.

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Kharge specifically stated, “The literacy rate of women from scheduled castes is lower, and that’s why political parties have a habit of choosing less educated women, rather than those who are educated and capable of taking a strong stance.”

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responded to Kharge’s comments, asserting that they had been empowered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and highlighting President Droupadi Murmu as an example of an empowered woman. Sitharaman stated, “We respect the Leader of the Opposition, but making a sweeping statement that all parties choose ineffective women is absolutely unacceptable. We have all been empowered by our party and the Prime Minister. President Droupadi Murmu is an empowered woman.”

Amidst the growing uproar, Kharge attempted to clarify his statement, saying, “Women from backward and Scheduled Tribes don’t get the same opportunities that they are currently receiving. This is what we are emphasizing.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the Rajya Sabha during the discussion on the Women’s Reservation Bill, stating, “Today, a bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. After discussion there, it will come here as well. Today, we are taking an important step towards women’s empowerment.”

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani expressed her gratitude to PM Modi for advancing the cause of women’s rights. She stated, “I want to thank PM Modi for bringing the long struggle of women to fruition. The Women’s Reservation Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha will redefine women’s leadership in our country. PM Modi introduced the concept of women-led development, which was accepted by the world in the G20. This is political posturing by the opposition because they failed to provide women’s reservation even when they were in power.”

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