NEW DELHI: : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that “the day is not far when the country would move beyond women development to women-led development” but remained silent on the Women’s Reservation Bill.
On Saturday, President Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurating the first ever National Conference on Women Legislators in Delhi, had made a strong pitch for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Speaking at the same venue a day after, the Prime Minister skipped a direct reference to the bill. Instead, he urged them to make more effective use of technology to communicate better.
“Today there will be hardly any voter who doesn’t have a mobile phone. Maybe two per cent. But are you connected with them. If you are not connected then something is missing,” said PM Modi as he shared his own experience of ideas being offered by various people on the Narendra Modi app and MyGov platform.
Former President Pratibha Patil also addressed the gathering and appealed to the women law makers to fight money and muscle power in politics a national cause.
“It is not a party cause but a national cause. If all the women together speak out what a loud and powerful voice it will be,” said Ms Patil.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who had conceived the National Conference for Women Lawmakers ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8, expressed happiness that while male leaders talked of women’s empowerment, women lawmakers discussed their role in empowering the nation.