Visitors throng Pratibha’s house

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Special Correspondent
Monday, Jul 23, 2007

NEW DELHI: A steady stream of visitors on Sunday visited the residence of President-elect Pratibha Patil.

They included Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and the former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi.

Ms. Dikshit said Ms. Patil’s election as the head of State of the world’s largest democracy symbolised the empowerment of every woman.

The former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, in a statement issued here on Sunday, said: “Your vast and long experience in public life, I am confident, will add stature to Rashtrapati Bhavan.”

A statement issued by women’s groups said: “We hope that under her tenure as the Constitutional head, the contribution of women in many fields, especially the public and the political sphere, would get noticed, and enhanced, and this would also then serve as an impetus for the passing of 33 per cent Women’s Reservation Bill.”

The signatories to the statement include the All-India Democratic Women’s Association, the All-India Women’s Conference, the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, FORCES, the Joint Women’s Programme, the National Federation of Indian Women and the Muslim Women’s Forum,

The scurrilous campaign launched by the BJP, which exposed their patriarchal mindset, was thoroughly defeated, the statement said. LINK