Recognising that the 50% reservation for women in local self government bodies will translate into a larger role for them in electoral politics, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will soon float a first-of-its-kind youth wing for women.
Nationalist Yuvati Congress, the brainchild of Supriya Sule - NCP MP and daughter of the union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar - will be launched on April 30. The wing hopes to attract women from the age group of 18 to 30 years, to discuss social and political issues.
The wing will provide women a launch pad for mainstream politics. "Announcing reservation for women in politics is not enough. There is a need for a forum where young women from different walks of life get an opportunity to discuss issues of the day, so they can become responsible and aware politicians," said Sule.
For the NCP, the Yuvati Congress is also a means to reach out to women voters. The wing is also being seen as Sule's bastion, a platform that will allow her to reach every taluka and the party is putting its strength behind the idea to make it a success.
"There is an angst among youngsters against politics and they want to change the status quo. What better way to transform things than participating yourself? The wing is aimed at this," said Vidya Chavan, party MLC and in charge of the NCP women's wing.