Projecting the women-oriented schemes and achievements of his government as a poll plank for Karnataka elections, including the decision of giving two key portfolios to women colleagues, to attract women towards the BJP fold, at the upcoming May 12 elections,Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning asked the Karnataka Mahila Morcha to concentrate on its efforts in bringing more women voters to the polling station.
“Let women decide the future of Karnataka. Concentrate on women voters. Bring a spirit of competition in them by ensuring they beat the men in casting their ballot. If 300 men vote in a polling station, make sure 350 women cast their ballot. In the name of asking them to vote for women’s safety and empowerment, ask them to come out and vote. Then you will start seeing the positive results,” Modi told BJP’s women cadres during his third interactive video conference sessions with various wings of the party’s Karnataka unit.
Using two photographs of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a world defence ministers meet and that of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at a world external affairs ministers conclave, the sole women amidst a group of men at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in China, Modi portrayed that the current dispensation at the centre was giving women the opportunity to lead the country in matters of national security.
During his 45-minute interaction, Modi recalled the schemes implemented by BS Yeddyurappa’s BJP government such as Bhagyalakshmi, Bala Sanjeevani and free cycles for girl students. Modi claimed that his was the only government that considered giving Padma Shri awards to unknown women who have dedicated themselves to a cause.