Though the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is claiming that it is launching a new party wing for young women to provide a political platform to women in the age group of 18 to 35 years, the real intension behind the move might well be the moulding of young women for local-level elections, in which 50 per cent of the seats are reserved for women.
The Rashtravadi Yuvati Congress (RYC) will be launched on Sunday in Mumbai and NCP chief Sharad Pawar will be present on the occasion. According to party insiders, since local women, interested in politics and social causes, across talukas are unaware of the electoral politics, the party faces issues while selecting women candidates for gram panchayats and zilla parishad elections.
“The party is then forced to field women relatives of serving candidates for these elections. Therefore the party has now decided to train young women for electoral politics who can take responsibility of party organisation as well,” said a party source.
Thousands of young women, including those from NCP bastions Baramati and Indapur are expected to attend the inauguration.
Vaishali Nagawade, NCP women president of the district, said the main purpose behind starting RYC is to give importance to personal as well as collective issues of women. “Issues such as female foeticide, providing hostels at subsidised rates at district and regional level and health issues will be given priority,” she said.
Suresh Ghule, district NCP president, said that women, who would be present at the launch, have been selected on the basis of their political and social interest and would be given party organisational responsibilities.