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Goa CM's Comments Shock Women's Organisation

Women's organisations have expressed shock over Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat's reported statement asking fairer sex not to meddle in politics and fall for 33 per cent reservation.  "I did not expect these statements from
PTI May 23, 2010 16:19 IST
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Women's organisations have expressed shock over Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat's reported statement asking fairer sex not to meddle in politics and fall for 33 per cent reservation.

 "I did not expect these statements from head of the state especially because he is representing the political party, which is headed by a woman who is trying to push this bill," Sabina Martins, President, Bailancho Saad, told PTI today.

 "Today women's reservation bill in politics is stuck because we have many elected representatives who do not want it to get through," she said.

Martins was amongst the audience when Kamat made controversial statement during a women's convention on Saturday in Panaji.

"One of the obstacles in the bill is the mindset of men because it decreases their power," she said.

Chief Minister, after making the remarks, had asked the women to work for the transformation of society.

"Don't run after politics. It will turn you mad," he had reportedly said.

Martins said that women empowerment encompasses giving them rightful place in the politics.

"Politics is most important decision making body. Right now there is no proper representation to women in Goa Assembly. There is one woman legislator against 39 male legislators," she said.

The Congress women leaders, however, have stood by their leader stating that it was 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, former president of state women's commission, said that it was off the cuff remark.

"He just meant that women should work hard and their involvement will help the society transform," he added. PTI