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Congress to launch women-centric campaigns in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The opposition in on Friday said it will launch women-centric campaigns during the upcoming elections for and the state assembly.

"We will start women-centric campaigns in the upcoming elections," All India Mahila (AIMC) said here.

Dev made the announcement after presiding over the meeting of the Pradesh Mahila at the Congress Bhawan here.

Stating that women constitute 49 per cent of Odisha's population, Dev said the campaigns would highlight the plight of women in the state and in the country.

"Government data shows that not more than 13 per cent of the girls go for higher education, and there has been a steady rise in the number of crimes against women, particularly rape, in Odisha," she said.

Dev said that there has also been many incidents of women trafficking in the tribal-dominated areas of the state, and livelihood programmes for women have not given the desired results.

"Our agenda will be women safety. I have been to the house of the Pipili rape and murder victim. The government has not been able to give justice to her family," she said, adding, the Congress will also give stress to the positive aspects of women welfare.

"We will spell out what the Congress government will do for women if it comes to power," Dev said.

Apart from digital election campaigns, the Congress will launch door-to-door programmes, too, she said.

She also pointed out that public meetings are mostly bereft of women participation. "About 85 per cent of women voters do not attend public meetings."

On Naveen Patnaik's campaign for 33 per cent seat reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, she said, "Before seeking support from political parties, let the CM have a look at his ministry, the number of women he has inducted and the number of women representing the state assembly."

Meanwhile, the Pradesh Mahila Congress will gherao the state assembly during the Budget Session, the said.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 22:55 IST