A women organisation has expressed shock over the Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat's statement asking fairer sex to stay away from politics and not fall for the proposed quota for them in Parliament and state Assemblies.
"I did not expect this statement from the head of this state (Goa), especially because he is representing a political party (Congress) which is headed by a woman, who is trying to push this bill," Sabina Martins, President Bailancho Saad, told PTI today.
Kamat had told a women's convention in Panaji on Saturday "If womenfolk start running after politics then it will have a negative impact on the society.
"Don't fall for 33 per cent reservation. Politics makes you mad. Women play an important role in transforming the society. We should look after our next generation," he had said.
Martins said she was present among the audience when Kamat made the controversial statement. "One of the obstacles in the bill is the mindset of men because it decreases their power."
She said it was because of many elected representatives that the Women Reservation Bill was stuck.
"Politics is most important decision making body. Right now, there is no proper representation of women in Goa Assembly. There is one woman legislator against 39 male legislators," she said.
Congresswomen leaders, however, stood by their leader, terming it a 'casual' remark.
"We were taken aback with his remarks, but later we realised that he said it casually," president of Mapusa Congress Block Pramod Salgaonkar said.
Salgaonkar, a former president of state women's commission, said it was off the cuff remark. "He just meant that women should work hard and their involvement will help the society transform."