MNS chief condemns reservation policy for women in politics

Condemning the reservation policy for women in politics, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray yesterday said that women could do better without having any reservations for them in the political field.

He was speaking at an event organised to mark the seventh anniversary of the setting up of the Maharashtra Navnirman Mahila Sena- the woman’s wing of his party.

Straight talk: Raj Thackeray was speaking at an event organised to mark the seventh anniversary of the setting up of the Maharashtra Navnirman Mahila Sena -- the party’s women’s wing. Pics/Krunal Gosavi

Criticising the move adopted by political parties to reserve seats for women, Thackeray said, “I heard that some political parties are reserving 33 per cent seats for the women withinthe party, while some are in favour of even keeping aside 50per cent seats for their women politicians.

However, I hate the word reservation, which itself creates discrimination between man and woman.” He further added that when constituencies are reserved for females, then male politicians ensure their wives secure ticket from the constituency, so that they can maintain their hold through their wives.

“If such things are keep happening in the name of reservation, then what purpose does the women’s political empowerment serve,” said Thackeray. Citing the example of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school pupil who fought against the Taliban for women’s educational rights, Rosa Parks, Afro-American civil right activist, and former Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir, Thackeray advised the women gathered for the event to take inspiration from these women who fought their war with a lot of courage.

“When I read about these women, I always feel that the people’s representatives in Maharashtra can’t even build toilets for women, and they [women] actually have to beg in front of politicians for this basic facility,” said the MNS chief, directing his party’s corporators to introspect and take swift action to resolve issues plaguing women.

Thackeray also stressed upon the changing political concepts across the nation. “Today, there is no place for traditional politics and if you want to become a successful politician then you should accept the change and should understand the younger generation’s views and their needs,” said Thackeray. 

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