Congress' reservation for women in UP polls, an election drama: Mayawati


Lucknow, Oct 19 (UNI) Terming the announcement of 40 per cent seat reservation for women in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls by Congress as a poll gimmick, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati has slammed the Congress saying in Punjab they were trying to woo the Dalits and now women in UP. 

In a series of tweets in Hindi on Tuesday, Mayawati said, "When Congress was in power and had good days, they did not remember Dalits, backwards and women. But now when their bad days are not ending, they have remembered women in UP like Dalits in Punjab. The announcement of giving 40 percent ticket to them is their pure election drama." 

She said, "If the concern of the Congress towards women was so just and sincere, then why their government at the Center did not make a law to give 33 percent reservation to women in Parliament and Legislative Assemblies? The nature of Congress is 'to say something and do something else' which raises question mark on their intention and policy." 

Mayawati further added that in the country, women constitute half of the population and not only for their welfare, but also for their safety and respect, a concerted and sincere effort is required. 

"But it require a continuous process and a strong will power, which is lacking in Congress as well as in BJP while on the other hand BSP has shown it by doing things in the past in UP," BSP chief said.