Educational criterion will hit women most: Tanwar

  • Ishtiyaq Sibtian Joo, Hindustan Times, Hisar
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 22:07 IST

The Haryana Congress on Saturday said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state was "scared" as the former was playing the perfect role an opposition party should.

State party president Ashok Tanwar, who addressed mediapersons here at Congress Bhawan, said the BJP was allegedly delaying the panchayat polls as "more and more" people were joining the Congress.

"BJP has sensed that the tide is changing. After coming into opposition Congress has played a significant role in highlighting the peoples' issue," Tanwar added.

Tanwar also criticised the government's setting the education eligibility criteria for panchayat elections and said a similar move by the BJP in Rajasthan resulted in many seats being left vacant there.

"If the eligibility criterion becomes applicable, around 70% village population in the country would be deprived of fighting the panchayat election," Tanwar said.

"Out of this 70%, 80% are women who are under-matric. Then 63% women in village have studies below eighth class. The new criteria will basically deprive the majority of women in villages of development," Tanwar added.

The Congress leader said the BJP should start such things (setting educational caps) at the top level first.

"BJP should set education qualification criteria for MPs and MLAs first and then demand the qualification from grass root workers," he said.

Tanwar also slammed the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre for not keeping its promise of implementing the one rank, one pension policy for ex-servicemen.

"One year ago Modiji promised that his government will keep the provision for one rank one pension in the budget session. A year has passed since, however, we are yet see that provision," the Congress leader said.

Slamming the state government over lack of development, Tanwar said: "I recently went to CM Khattar's district Karnal. Surprisingly, the college students there are still sitting on the ground due to lack of facilities. If this is the situation in his district, imagine how much developmental work he must have been done in the entire state."

Tanwar accused the government of making false promises to people. "The two railway lines promised for Hisar have also not seen the light of the day," the Congress leader added.

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