BJP not anti-women, says Sushma, criticises Rahul for RSS remarks

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“I was made EAM in May 2014 and now Nirmala Ji is the Defence Minister. 2 out of 4 CCS members are women now,” Swaraj said

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj did not support Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's remarks on women in RSS made recently.

"Par jis tarah ki abhadra bhasha ka unhone prayog kiya, main aise abhadra prashn ka uttar nahin dena chahti (But he spoke in an indecent way so I would no comment on it)", she added.

"It's unbecoming of politicians to speak like this", she said.

While interacting with over one lakh women in poll-bound Gujarat at Ahmedabad on Saturday, Swaraj said, "Rivals call BJP anti-women party but it gave four women chief ministers and four women governors to the country".

On October 10, Gandhi, while addressing a gathering in Vadodara had said: "How many women are there in the RSS?..." Had Rahul Gandhi asked why women are not allowed to wear shorts in the RSS, I would have definitely responded. I have never seen.

Sushma reasoned that prior governments never had women members in Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) but BJP is having 2 women members out of four CCS members. "Two out of four CCS members are women now", Swaraj pointed out.

In her interaction with the women, the Union Minister asked them to take advantage of women-specific government schemes of the State and the Central governments for social welfare, employment and entrepreneurship.

She said that under the present law, NRIs registered in India as voters had to fly to the country during an election to cast their vote, but with the amendment, they could just issue an authorisation letter to family members or relatives to vote on their behalf.

Slamming Rahul for the comments, Irani, had said, "The women of Gujarat and the nation will not forgive the Congress leader with a perverse mentality for insulting women".

The RSS said Gandhi's remark was like looking for women in a men's hockey team. Have you ever seen women in shorts working with RSS? He further said, "Their (BJP-RSS) thinking is, as long as women are silent, all is good".

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