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Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said he doesn’t want to break the country but wants to strengthen it, while fighting rights and development of his community.

“I don’t want to break the country, I want to strengthen it. I want to show Muslims are respected and first class citizens of the country,” said Owaisi while reacting to union minister Najma Heptulla’s allegation made during her visit to the Moulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) here on Sunday.

The Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad said the MANUU has become a propaganda centre for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Minority Affairs Minister Heptula was at the central university to address a conference on education organised by Chancellor Zafar Sareshwala, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Owaisi’s remark also came in the wake of reports that union Human Resource Development ministry ignored Azim Premji, Gulzar, Amitabh Bachchan and other prominent names to choose Sareshwala for the chancellor’s post.

Speaking after giving away educational kits to students of government-run Urdu medium schools at the party headquarters Darusalam, Owaisi said he was fighting for rights and justice.

“I want to eradicate poverty among Muslims and for this I want to see the girls and boys are educated,” he said.

Owaisi said since the dropout rate was high among Muslims due to poverty, the government should not put a cap on number of scholarships.

He said Kundu Committee in its report identified poverty as the main reason for Muslim students discontinuing their education.

The MIM leader said the prime minister talks about “Sab ka saath sab ka vikas” but the report of Kundu committee submitted last year had been put in cold storage.

“When we talk of education, they become silent. When we talk of reservation, RSS opposes it. When it comes to food, they impose ban on meat and beef. When we talk about Quran, they say it is not the soul of this country.”

Owaisi hit back at those criticizing him for his party’s decision to contest Bihar assembly elections in Seemanchal. Quoting figures from a baseline survey conducted by the minority affairs ministry in the four districts of the backward region, he said the literacy rate among Muslims and Dalits is lowest while the dropout rate is highest.

Alleging that the region was always neglected by successive governments in sanctioning schools and releasing funds for scholarships, the MIM chief asked his critics to clarify as to who is responsible for the region’s backwardness.

(IANS)

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Women Representation in Lok Sabha as Low as 12 Percent

None of the political parties could implement the promise and the number of women MPs was not even able to reach one-fourth members in the House.

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Since the beginning in 1952, there had been no female Speaker in the House until the 15th Lok Sabha. Pixabay

Slogans of various political parties about empowering Indian women in politics seem to have remained just lip service, if one goes by the statistics.

The case in point is that in the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, there were only 66 women members out of the total House strength of 543, which makes it just 12 per cent.

This is the situation 67 years after the first general elections.

Had the long-pending legislative proposal to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha been passed, it could have ensured at least 179 female members in the Lower House of Parliament.

In the first Lok Sabha formed in 1952, there were 24 women. The number did not change in the second Lok Sabha formed in 1957.

The number increased when the third Lok Sabha (1962-67) was formed with 37 women, according to data available on the Lok Sabha website.

There was a decrease in the numbers in the fourth, fifth and sixth Lok Sabha where 33, 28 and 21 women were elected respectively.

The number again increased to 32 women in the seventh Lok Sabha (1980-84) and in the eighth (1984-89) with 45 women members being elected.

When the Lok Saha was elected in 1989 for the ninth time, the number of women dropped to 28.

Since then, there has been a minor but constant increase in the number of females.

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The number again increased to 32 women in the seventh Lok Sabha (1980-84) and in the eighth (1984-89) with 45 women members being elected. 
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The 10th Lok Sabha (1991-96) had 42 female members and the 11th was one less.

The 12th had 44 female MPs, while the 13th and 14th saw equal numbers at 52 females of the total 543 members.

The 15th Lok Sabha (2009-14) saw a major increase: it touched 64 females — about 12 per cent of the total House strength.

The 16th – the outgoing – Lok Sabha had 66 female MPs, two more than the previous term.

Since the beginning in 1952, there had been no female Speaker in the House until the 15th Lok Sabha.

Congress’ Meira Kumar was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in 2009 and served till 2014. Then, Sumitra Mahajan of BJP became the second female to preside over the 16th Lok Sabha.

Congress on Friday promised to create one crore jobs across the southern state
The Congress made the pledge in its manifestos in 2019, 2014 and 2009. – wikimedia commons

The political parties have been promising 33 per cent reservation to females in legislatures a number of times.

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The Congress made the pledge in its manifestos in 2019, 2014 and 2009. The BJP too made the promise in 2014 and now. The Communist Party of India-Marxist also promised the reservation in its manifestos in 1999, 2009 and 2019.

But none of the political parties could implement the promise and the number of women MPs was not even able to reach one-fourth members in the House. (IANS)