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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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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP Says Rahul ‘Unhinged’: Will OBC Politics Work? | Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Rahul Gandhi |News18

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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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