Dubbing as ‘tokenism’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi’sinteraction with BJP women workers on women power today, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah asked him to learn from Karnataka on the subject and to “cut bhashan (speech) and promote action.”
The Chief Minister, in a series of tweets, listed out various initiatives of his government for women.
“Tokenism Modi ji. Real empowerment comes from real policies. Yesterday you ridiculed a candle light march to protest against defenders of child rapists in Kathua & today you pretend to care for Mahila Shakti,” he said in atweet in response to Modi’s comments about important portfoliosto women in his cabinet.
Reaching out to women ahead of the May 12 assembly polls through his address to Karnataka BJP Mahila Morchaworkers via ‘Narendra Modi App’, earlier in the day, he said capable womenhad been given important portfolios in his cabinet. He also pointed at two group photos of ForeignMinisters and Defence Ministers at SCO summit held in China,where Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman representing India,were the only women. Siddaramaiah, who asked Modi to learn from Karnataka how it is done, in another tweet, said his government has made education free for girls from class 1 to Post Graduation.
“Bengaluru, the city you ridiculed yesterday, leadsthe nation with 25 per cent women’s participation in the workforce.In Delhi, the city you live in, the rate is 10 per cent. We must be doing something right,” he said.
In a full-scale attack on the Siddaramaiah governmenton city-related issues, Modi had Thursday said that within five five years it had turned Bengaluru, which was known as the country’s ‘Silicon Valley’, into “a valley of sin”, and the ‘garden city’ to “garbage city”.
Claiming that his government’s ‘Matrupoorna’ programme gives mid-day meal to 10 lakh pregnant and lactating mothers so that motherhood is safe and the child is healthy,the Chief Minister said the government amended the law to make child marriagevoid ab initio; it also gives free bus passes to all students, half of whom are girls.
Siddaramaiah said the government was giving loans to women entrepreneurs at four per centinterest, set up industrial parks exclusively forwomen and also received an international award for being thebest state for women entrepreneurs.
“We give a revolving fundof Rs 25,000 per group to women SHG (self-help group),” hesaid.
Also pointing to economic empowerment programs forsex workers, HIV+ women, transgenders and introduction ofPink Hoysala Vehicles for emergency response in Bengalurucity, Siddaramaiah said “There are many more. Dear@narendramodi ji let us cut Bhashan & promote Action.”