Nirmala Sitharaman takes an apparent dig at Kharge's weak woman remark
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New Delhi: Congress president and LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge triggered a ruckus on Day 2 of the special session of Parliament while speaking on the tabled Women's Reservation Bill in the new Parliament building. Pointing towards the low literacy rate among women, Mallikarjun Kharge alleged that political parties have a habit of choosing weak women. Kharge's statements brought furore in the Parliament forcing Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to intervene.
Kharge alleged that women from the backward and ST categories don't get big opportunities despite Narendra Modi reintroducing the Bill on Women's Reservation in Lok Sabha and state assemblies and making big claims on empowering the women of India.
"They don't give us credit but I want to bring to their notice that the Women’s Reservation Bill was already passed in 2010 but it was stopped," Kharge said. He further alleged, "Literacy rate of women from scheduled caste is less and that's why political parties have a habit of choosing weak women and they won't choose those who are educated and can fight."
Taking a dig at Kharge's statement, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "We respect the Leader of the Opposition, but to make a sweeping statement that all parties choose women who are not effective is absolutely unacceptable. I speak on behalf of all our women. We have all been empowered by our party, by our Prime Minister. President Droupadi Murmu is an empowered woman."
However, issuing a clarification, Kharge said, "Women from backward, ST don't get such opportunities which they are getting, this is what we are saying..."
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the new Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha of the new Parliament building. Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the bill in the first sitting of Lok Sabha in the new Parliament building. Arjun Ram Meghwal said that once the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam is passed, the number of seats for women in Lok Sabha will increase to 181.