Chandrababu should apologise to women

Hyderabad: Chandrababu Naidu and his cabinet colleagues have no moral right to attend the upcoming Women Parliamentarians’ Conference, unless they tender an unconditional apology to the women as the crime rate has increased by 11 per cent, said YSRCP. It said of the four state ministers charged with atrocities on women in the country, two are from Andhra Pradesh.

"Hosting the Women’s Conference at Vijayawada on February 10, 11 and 12 for women empowerment is a good concept but during the past 2.5 years, women were targeted and harassed by TDP functionaries and ministers and the event would lose its sanctity unless Chandrababu Naidu tenders an unconditional apology to the women,’ Party MLA RK Roja said on Tuesday.

She said Devineni Umamaheshwara Rao and Kinjarapu Atcham Naidu were named among the ministers who targeted women.
Added to this are the demeaning comments of Chief Minister on the girl child, his brother-in-law Nandamuri Balakrishna’s indecent comments on women and the images of unsavoury behaviour of Lokesh show the state in poor light. She said there were incidents galore of TDP men involving atrocities on women.

She also questioned as why women like Brinda Karat and Medha Patkar, who are working for the empowerment of women, were not invited to the conference.

TDP leaders are involved in Call Money Sex racket which was hushed up. Ministers’ kin were involved in attacks on women and the election promise of Chandrababu Naidu that he will waive loans of women self help groups was not honoured, she said. "The scant respect TDP has for women has come to the fore when I was suspended for one year from the assembly reflects the vindictive nature of the people in power. Anyone questioning them would be ruthlessly suppressed and they would be targeted as it happened with me and Dalit Speaker Kuthuhulamma earlier," she said. She termed TDP as Telugu Duryodhana Party invoking Duryodhan's misdemeanor on Draupadi.

"We will attend the Conference and request the delegates to know the facts about Andhra Pradesh and the ruling party," she said.
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