Bhubaneswar: ‘Tume Mane Khusi Ta, Mu Bi Khusi’ . This is a line Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik used to delivers when he speaks in political meetings these days. But, Tuesday he told the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. For, the West Bengal counterpart, who is also the supremo of the regional outfit All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), toed the line of Patnaik. She offered party tickets to 41% tickets to women to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. There are 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal.
Expressing his pleasure, Patnaik has twitted: Immensely happy to see All India Trinamool Congress led by @MamataOfficial nominate over one-third #women candidates for ensuing #LokSabhaElections2019. With the gathering momentum, India could see a sea change in electoral & development domain.
Odisha chief minister earlier last week had announced that his BJD would give 33% of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha to women in the forthcoming elections.
Patnaik, in fact, has launched a nation wide campaign demanding 33% reservation for women in the Parliament, state assemblies and state legislative councils. Passing a resolution to this effect in the last session of the Odisha assembly, Patnaik had sent his representative to the heads of various national and regional political parties to seek support for his campaign.