Bhubaneswar: Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is celebrating its 24th Foundation Day today. Odisha Chief Minister and party supremo today expressed his gratitude towards all the persons involved in building and supporting the coach party.
In his virtual address on the foundation day, the BJD supremo said, ‘women empowerment’ is the favourite programme of his administration.
Empowerment of women is the empowerment of the nation. No household, society, state and country has ever moved forward without empowering its women, he said
“I am confident that the mothers and sisters who run their households so efficiently will run the Panchayat Samiti and Zilla Parishad with equal competence,” he said quoting former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.
“In 1992, Biju babu had scripted history by giving 33 per cent reservations in panchayat and urban body elections. Based on this ideology, the ruling BJD has made 50% reservation for women in Panchayat and urban bodies.
Moreover, the party has been fighting to give 33% reservation to women in Assembly and Parliament as the party believes in action not in words,” the BJD supremo said.
He further stated that BJD is the only political party in the country that had given 33% tickets to women in 2019 general elections.
Targeting the national parties, Patnaik said that the slogan for women empowerment is only confined to their speech during election rallies. After elections, the national parties forget to meet their commitments.
“The national parties remember women empowerment during elections and commit in their manifesto only to conveniently forget after winning the elections. We can not deprive half of our population of their rights. They must have their rightful place in the political space of our country.
Even as the BJD is a regional party, it will intensify its movement to provide 33% reservation for women in Assembly and Parliament, ” he said stressing that the BJD will keep reminding the national parties about this forgotten promise in every session of Parliament and Legislative Assembly.
“From now on, in every session of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Legislative Assembly, BJD will raise the women’s reservation issue and remind the national parties,” the party supremo concluded.