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‘Women in Lipstick, Bob-cut Hair…’: RJD Leader’s Remarks on Women’s Quota Bill Sparks Row

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RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said his party has always supported the women's reservation bill. (mage: @ANI/X)

RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said his party has always supported the women’s reservation bill. (mage: @ANI/X)

Abdul Bari Siddiqui later explained his comments, which were delivered at an RJD rally in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, as ” typical village language”

Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui on Saturday sparked a new controversy, which even attracted criticism from INDIA bloc ally JMM, when he said women in lipstick and with bob-cut hairstyles will enter Parliament in the name of women’s reservation. He later explained his comments, which were delivered at a party rally in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, as ” typical village language”.

The women’s reservation bill, which was passed by Parliament on September 20, was signed into a law by President Droupadi Murmu on Friday (September 29). Siddiqui said his party has always supported the Bill, and that he was addressing a lot of women at the RJD rally and wanted to explain its benefits in typical village language.

The RJD is one of the strongest critics of the Act as it stands now and has demanded a quota for OBCs within the 33 percent women’s reservation. This soon became fodder for the ruling BJP, which slammed the opposition front — INDIA — saying this is the kind of mentality it holds.

Union minister Kaushal Kishore said women in Parliament is not only in keeping with their rights but also the rights of the public. “…Women coming to Parliament after winning the elections is not only keeping forward the rights of women but also the rights of the public… Just like the two wheels of a vehicle, women and men in Parliament and Vidhan Sabha will work together to make laws for public interests…” he said.

A woman MP, BJP’s Sunita Duggal said the remarks reflect a narrow mindset as such people only want women to stay inside the house. “…This shows their narrow mindset… Women are making a mark in every area… Such statements represent their rude mentality… They want women to do only household work and not contribute to the outside world…” she said.

Another woman MP from INDIA bloc ally, JMM, said statements like Siddiqui’s should be avoided in the 21st century as they can hurt women. “We are in the 21st century today, so one should avoid making such statements, which can hurt women… We also want women from backward classes to come forward… We are also talking about the reservation of SC, ST and OBC women…” said JMM MP Mahua Maji.



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Who Is K Suresh? INDIA Bloc’s Pick Files Nomination For Lok Sabha Speaker Post

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Kodikunnil Suresh, 62, is an eight-term MP and the most senior Lok Sabha member. (PTI file)

The election for the Lok Sabha Speaker post, scheduled for June 26, will be unprecedented since the speaker of the lower house has always been elected unopposed

Congress leader K Suresh on Tuesday filed nomination for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, challenging NDA pick Om Birla. The proceedings for the second day of the 18th Lok Sabha session began on Tuesday. Om Birla filed nomination for the Lok Sabha speaker post on Tuesday in the presence of top NDA leaders.

The election for the Lok Sabha Speaker post, scheduled for June 26, will be unprecedented since the speaker of the lower house has always been elected unopposed.

Who Is K Suresh?

Kodikunnil Suresh, 62, is an eight-term MP and the most senior Lok Sabha member. He is also the working president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and the Chief Whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha.

He currently represents Mavelikara Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

K Suresh was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1989. He went on to win in the 1991,1996 and 1999 Lok Sabha elections from Adoor.



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Watch: Asaduddin Owaisi Chants ‘Jai Palestine’ After Taking Oath As Lok Sabha MP; BJP Lawmaker Files Complaint

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AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday took oath as the Lok Sabha MP. He chanted “Jai Palestine” after the oath, drawing ire from the BJP.

Owaisi sworn in as member of Lok Sabha for the fifth time from Hyderabad.





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‘Should I Sweep The Streets Now?’ Mamata Lashes Out At Civic Officials Over Encroachment, Roads, Forms Work Review Panel

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said for any local work, tenders will now be centrally assigned. (PTI File)

Taking note of the TMC’s poor performance in urban areas, Mamata Banerjee said, “This was the worst performance of municipalities…A gang is taking money and making outsiders settle here. They want to change the identity of Bengal, but I will not allow this…”

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee lashed out at municipality chiefs over their “poor performance and service” in the first review meeting on Monday.

Banerjee started the meeting stating that she will sound bitter because for her common people are important. She said, “This is the worst performance of municipalities, I don’t know why it happened. A gang has grouped and they are taking money and making outsiders settle here. They want to change the identity of Bengal, but I will not allow this…There are dirty roads and nobody looks into it. Should I sweep the roads now?”

Banerjee announced the formation of review committee constituting of CID officers, Vigilance officers and ADG law and order to monitor the performance of politicians and officers. Banerjee said, “Some people think that they will stay for two years and go, but now all their work will be reviewed and monitored by one committee of ADG LO, CID officers and Vigilance officers.”

Chairmen of all municipalities, mayors of corporation, district magistrates, police chiefs attended the meeting.

She also said that along with the review committee, there will be no local tender. For any local work, tenders will be centrally assigned. For this, too, she formed a committee with secretary of land department, irrigation department, DG, ADG LO.

Banerjee said that all these things will be sorted first, and only then will she think of the civic polls, due next year.

She has directed the Howrah police to enquire on Howrah land cases immediately. “My words may be bitter but remember municipalities give service to people,” she said.

WHY THE OUTBURST?

Sources told News18 that the review comes in the wake of the TMC’s poor performance in the urban areas in the polls. Of the 121 municipalities, the BJP has been ahead in 69, while in Kolkata, of the 144 wards, the BJP has been ahead in more than 40. The TMC scored more overall seats than the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections,

A review by Banerjee has revealed that government properties have been encroached upon with the help of one section public representatives and bureaucracy. These “outsiders”, according to sources, have not voted for the TMC.

The survey also pointed out that bad municipal management by councillors and chairman of municipalities, who are unpopular for their cut money, made people turn away from the TMC.

Consequently, Banerjee made it clear that she will not tolerate these practices.

The BJP though has stated that Banerjee has said this because she knows her end is nearing. Samik Bhattacharya, BJP MP, said, “They have done badly, that is why she is scolding her people, but urban people have understood the TMC.”



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