SP hits back on catcall row
While storm over objectionable comments by Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav against women refuses to die down, the party today turned offensive against those supporting Women's Reservation Bill.lucknow Updated: Mar 24, 2010 19:05 IST
While storm over objectionable comments by Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav against women refuses to die down, the party today turned offensive against those supporting Women's Reservation Bill. The SP also came out with its own explanation of how boys would resort to catcalls and whistle.
Caught in a bind the party today fielded leader of Opposition in Upper House Ahmad Hasan and state spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury to launch damage control exercise.
Addressing journalists in Lucknow on Wednesday, Hasan said the jobless youth unable to reach Parliament and state legislature would “resort to whistle blowing on the streets”.
“Ladke cinema hall mein citi bajati hai to kya yeh mahiloan ke khilaf hai” (Boys resort to whistle blowing in cinema hall, is it against women) Hasan said defending Yadav. He said there was no question of offering apology on the issue.
Pointing out that Women reservation was an international conspiracy, several political forces, drawing support from their foreign friends, had now targeted Yadav.
Assailing BJP and Congress for joining hands on Women Bill Hasan said the Left parties had also extended support to serve their vested interest.
“The alliance of these slaves of English on this issue is not unnatural, as they wanted to do politics in their bourgeoisie style”, Hasan quipped.
“Women Bill is a conspiracy to stop seasoned politicians from reaching Parliament”, Hasan said and added it would close down doors for youth of the country. He said other parties shaken over concerted drive by Yadav against the Bill had misinterpreted his comment about the types of women reaching Parliament and inviting catcalls.
Saying Yadav’s comments had been distorted Hasan said SP leader was more concerned about poor and hapless rural women who had been disparately struggling for empowerment.
He said Yadav was worried about women in rural India living a life of utter neglect and malnutrition. He said prosperous women could not understand their problems. Asserting that Yadav was committed to the welfare of backward class, Muslims and Dalit women, Hasan said SP movement had always given preference to these sections.
He said the party was opposed to give representation to women of big business houses and bureaucrats, as they would not reflect the real India. He said Yadav had always given full respect to women by launching gender budgeting, Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme and uniforms for girls during his last regime.