Arguments and verbal spat on Twitter seem like a common scenario nowadays, and the recent one is between Biju Janat Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Odisha. The Twitter spat was over women empowerment and reservation of seats for women in Assemblies across states and the Parliament.
By tagging Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, MLA Pranab Prakash Das stated that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wanted women to go to the Parliament and Assemblies and even participate the nation-building process. But the BJP doesn’t happen such a scenario in the Parliament or even tries to claim to take such a step. MLA Das Twitted in Odia states that- CM Patnaik wants mother and sisters to determine India’s fate through increased representation in the Parliament and Assemblies. Women and girls are not meant to work in the kitchen. They can very well work and run the country with equal efficiency if they are given the opportunity.
Countering the comment, the BJP immediately replied back and stated that the BJD first needs to learn to respect women before discussing their empowerment. Lekhasri Samantsinghar, BJP State General Secretary, replied to MLA Das’s Twitter post by stating – BJD runs syndicated, which involves children, rape and murder, organ smuggling, and much other stuff while CM is confined within the four walls. BJD has constrained women MPs and legislators in sitting like mute spectators in the Assembly and the Parliament. First, BJD needs to respect women leaders and then talk about women empowerment.
Rashmi Rekha Das, BJP Mahila Morcha State secretary, even tweeted- “Pregnant women still deliver in auto rickshaws, on cot and slings by the roadside during the 20 years of BJD rule. Your leaders are seeking sexual favors for providing houses to poor people under the Awas Yojana. First, look into their basic needs before talking big about giving reservations in Assembly and Parliament.”
Tankadhar Tripathy, BJP State Yuva Morcha president, also involved himself with this war of words on Twitter and posted a Tweet- “Sasmita, Madhabilata, and Pari. Are they not women? Have they been given justice? Was not Kusum Tete a woman? Avoid big talks and give real honor and protection to women. Stop using women as a tool to gain cheap political mileage during elections.”
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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