Union minister Smriti Irani attacks Congress over women legislators pulling
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NEW DELHI: The BJP on Thursday attacked the Congress over its chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda using a tractor which girls legislators of his celebration pulled with ropes to protest towards the rise in gasoline costs, and requested if girls in a political organisation be handled as “bonded labourers”.
Union minister and BJP chief Smriti Irani mentioned it was “absolutely shocking” to see the previous Haryana chief minister sitting calmly on a tractor whereas having girl members of his celebration pulling it bodily.
“I understand he wants to protest. I understand he wants to make a political statement but should that be done at the cost of women? This is irrespective of our politics. Can women in political organisations, esp the scene we saw in this protest by the Congress, be treated as bonded labourers. It is shocking no male member of the Congress even intervened to stop that,” Irani mentioned right here.
Taking a swipe at Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Irani, who’s girls and baby growth minister, mentioned her silence additionally speaks volumes about how the ladies in her celebration are lowered to duties that even males refuse to do.
Noting that Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar expressed his anguish on the protest on the ground of the state meeting, Irani mentioned it was ironical that on the one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as for celebrating feminine potential and enterprise on the International Women’s Day and on the opposite, Hooda lowered their stature and compelled them to tug a tractor atop which he sat.
This he did for a “family enterprise” referred to as the Congress, she mentioned, noting that the incident had occurred on the International Women’s Day on March eight.
Asked if she had any demand, Irani quipped “Should not they (Congress) have been conscientious enough to act on their own”.
Khattar had turned emotional whereas criticising the protest, saying he couldn’t sleep all evening as a result of visuals.
“This treatment to women MLAs was worse than bonded labour,” he had mentioned within the state meeting on Tuesday.
Hooda had defended this, saying it was girls who had been feeling the pinch of the rising costs of cooking fuel and different necessities.
However, Khattar mentioned if he needed to protest, he ought to have pulled the tractor.
On this, Hooda mentioned, “The government has turned a blind eye to the pain of women who are sitting with farmers protesting on borders against farm laws. Power connections were cut at the protest site, you cannot see their pain.”

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