Nari Shakti Vandan Act 2023 Celebrated in Vadodara; PM Modi Emphasizes Women Empowerment
Prime Minister Pays Tribute to Vadodara and Its Influence on His Life; Highlights Opposition's Reluctance to Support the Bill
VADODARA, 27 September - In a grand felicitation event following the parliamentary approval of the Nari Shakti Vandan Act 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honored at Navlakhi Maidan, Vadodara. The bill, which ensures a 33% reservation for women in the Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha, was celebrated amidst a vibrant gathering of beneficiaries of various government schemes.
PM Modi's arrival was marked by a roadshow where he was greeted enthusiastically by women, flanked by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and BJP State President CR Patil.
In an emotionally charged speech, PM Modi paid tribute to Vadodara, stating, "Vadodara nurtured me like a son, just as a mother would. The Nari Shakti Vandan Act is an endeavor to repay the nation's maternal strength." He further emphasized that Vadodara was historically pivotal in championing women's education and empowerment, referencing the compulsory and free education for daughters during the Gaekwad rule.
Modi reflected on the days when the female literacy rate in Gujarat was dismal, where many girls abandoned their education halfway. "It was the BJP's women-centric development policies that have revolutionized these scenarios, evident across Gujarat today," he noted. Today, he said, women-led development in the state aligns with the vision of a progressive India.
The Prime Minister lauded the role of 'Sakhi Mandals,' or women groups, in enhancing the rural economy. "These groups not only educate about the agricultural benefits of drones but also played a crucial role during the pandemic, ensuring food supply to the needy," he added.
However, Modi voiced concerns over the opposition's tactics, accusing them of attempting to divide women based on religion or caste. "The opposition was not sincere in their support for the Nari Shakti Bill. I urge our mothers and sisters to be wary of such individuals," he warned.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, in his address, praised Modi for initiating women-centric reforms, believing that the Women's Reservation Act would be transformative for the nation. He reiterated the BJP's dedication to augmenting women's roles across various sectors.
BJP State President CR Patil, during his welcoming remarks, emphasized that PM Modi's initiative seeks to grant justice and rights to women who've been oppressed over the years. The event was well-attended by numerous dignitaries, including women MPs, MLAs, Mayor Pinky Ben Soni, and other organizational officials.