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May 17, 2009

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Poll Scene

Youth agenda and women charter give edge to Goel's campaign

After presenting his ?Youth Agenda? the BJP National General Secretary and party candidate for New Delhi seat Vijay Goel expressed his concern over the status of women, specially housewives? social and economic security. Eminent TV star Smt Smriti Irani (Tulsi) extended her full support to Vijay Goel on his demand for ?Toilet Facilities? for women in addition to other issues raised by him for the welfare of women. Goel and Irani first addressed a Press conference and then joined a meeting in Kathputli Colony and Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh.

They held the 50-year old Congress rule responsible for the pitiable condition of women in India with regard to their health and hygiene. While the sex ratio is 10:9, the toilets for women are at a ratio of 4:1. No other issue shows such a stark gender bias. Till recently, there was no toilet facility for women visitors even in the Parliament House reception. The Congress had started the total sanitation campaign in 1982 the allocation for which was approximately, 50,000 crore, which has not been implemented all these years. It is unfortunate considering that the Congress had women leaders like Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and even Sheila Dikshit in Delhi, did not pay heed to the special hygiene needs of women especially providing basic toilet facilities to them, Shri Goel said.

Attacking Congress policies Goel said, ?the Congress president is a woman herself but surprisingly despite there being 49 lakh women voters in Delhi, while addressing her rally at Delhi Smt. Gandhi didn?t even once refer to the problems women face. Women are the biggest victims of UPA policies. At home they are harassed by rising prices and increased school fees and outdoors by lumpen elements, the chain-snatchers, eve-teasers and molesters who make their lives miserable as criminal elements go unchecked with rising crime against women in the capital.?

Quoting a FICCI report Goel said, ?Of the four metros of India, Delhi is the worst hit by price rise. Fruit, vegetables, food-grain, everything is fast going out of reach of the average household. According to FICCI, kitchen expenses have gone up by about 40 per cent in the last one year, but the fact is that it has almost doubled. Feeding the children is a woman?s first priority but the UPA has snatched children?s milk and schooling. The government knew the sugarcane crop had failed and yet it allowed sugar to be exported?, he added.

Raising the issue of women?s security Smriti Irani said, ?Delhi has become the crime capital of the country, there is no guarantee of women?s safety on the roads. Only recently a teenaged girl from a poor family was kidnapped and gang-raped by some rich goons.? Referring to the report of the National Women?s Commission Irani added, ?in 2008 there were 2,000 registered crimes against women.?

Referring to citizen?s everyday problems Vijay Goel said, ?the sky is raining fire but Delhi homes have no electricity or water. Eight hour power cuts are making housewives? lives miserable because no power means no water.? Attacking Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Goel said, ?he spends nights in poor men?s hovels in Amethi, he should also try spending a night in a Delhi JJ Colony jhuggi.?

Smriti Irani praised the BJP party candidate from New Delhi Parliamentary constituency, Vijay Goel as a ?leader of the masses?? and someone committed to the welfare of women. Addressing a Press conference before participating in a road show for the BJP candidate, Smt. Irani said Shri Goel is a leader for the whole of Delhi as his work has spanned constituencies and boundaries.

Smt. Irani said, ?He had raised the lottery issue and ultimately solved it by getting lottery banned after hearing heart rendering stories of women whose husbands and families had been ruined. I am confident that as MP he would sincerely continue to work for issues affecting women.??

As for economic security, Shri Goel said, BJP would see to it that companies who are retrenching women under the guise of ?slowdown? are brought to book. ?We will not only protect the jobs of women but also create more avenues of employment??, Shri Goel said.


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