Rahul Gandhi: Empowerment of women will make India strong

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 12 2014, 02:51am hrs
At a time when the Narendra Modi government made a strong pitch for Women's Reservation Bill, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said empowerment of women alone will make the country empowered.

Addressing the national council meet of Mahila Congress, he said that the real progress of the country was possible when the empowerment of women would take place.

Gandhi wanted the Mahila Congress to reach out to women in all sections of the country to understand and address their problems and become the voice against atrocities on women.

The Congress leader also stressed the need for building up a strong organisation by the Mahila Congress for promoting the cause of empowerment of women.

The two-day national council meet began yesterday to discuss the challenges before the party and ensuring proper representation to women in elections.

The meet came close on the heels of the government announcing its committment to pass the Women's Reservation Bill to provide 33 per cent quota for women in Parliament and state assemblies.