MLC Kavitha says Telangana is now the hotspot for ED before Modi visits.
Why was the ED in a rush to question me and chose a day before my protest? It could have happened a day later as well !!
Modi Se Pehle ED
The opposition today is oppressed by the BJP : MLC Kavitha
” No attempts at diversion or intimidation will work on us. We will go ahead with our hunger strike for the Women’s Reservation Bill.” : MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha
ED denied me the right to comply with the questioning from my home. All rules and laws were set aside. Why? : K. Kavitha, daughter of Telangana CM
In the middle of her press conference, Delhi Police sends Kalvakuntla Kavitha a request to change the venue for the Women’s Reservation Bill
New Delhi : Earlier today, MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, the founder of Bharat Jagruthi, who is set to stage a peaceful hunger strike tomorrow demanding the Women’s Reservation Bill at Jantar Mantar, addressed the media. After the official announcement of the Dharna on March 2, Kavitha engaged with the media ahead of her protest and ED visit.
In her address, Kavitha said that the Women’s Reservation Bill is only a mere conversation in our country. After being introduced in 1996, it could never pass; 27 years have gone by and we are still only having a conversation. She further, thanked Sonia Gandhi for making earnest efforts to not only introduce but also convince parties to come together and pass the Women’s Reservation Bill during Congress’s tenure. She also acknowledged the efforts taken by the former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihar Vajpayee.
In her address, the daughter of the Telangana Chief Minister also added that instead of talking about the Women’s Reservation Bill, everybody chose to consciously highlight the ED visits and that these were shallow attempts by the BJP to divert people’s attention from real issues.
Further, speaking on the need for the Women’s Reservation Bill, a former Member of Parliament from Nizamabad said that the Modi government made a promise to make the Women’s Reservation Bill a reality in its 2014 manifesto, but despite having 282 seats in the Lok Sabha, the ruling government kept quiet. She said that in 2019, the BJP made the same promise, and even after 303 members in the Lok Sabha, no leader talked about the bill. The intent, MLC Kavitha said, was always missing from the BJP’s agenda.
MLC Kavitha requested the Prime Minister and Madam President to make the Women’s Reservation Bill a reality with 33% reservation since the BJP still has sessions left before the completion of its term. She added that if the BJP could clear the Aadhar Bill in the name of the Financial Bill to surpass the Rajya Sabha, it surely could live up to this promise.
The founder of Bharat Jagruthi, who is set to go on hunger strike tomorrow at Jantar Mantar to demand the Women’s Reservation Bill, said that today, in comparison to global parameters, India lacks both in terms of representation and a gender parity gap that has only widened in recent years. Kavitha added that today even our neighbors are doing a better job in terms of getting more and more women into the legislative discourse, but not for the ruling government. She added, ‘Hon’ble CM KCR has given an alternate to increase seats and reserve, and quota within quota if there is an intent to genuinely empower women’
Kavitha further confirmed that 18 political parties and women’s organizations supporting the bill will join tomorrow’s protest. She said that over 500 people will go on hunger strike, and over 6,000 have confirmed their presence in support of the Women’s Reservation Bill.
MLC Kavitha addressed questions pertaining to the recent ED notices and visits. She said, “Why was the ED in a rush to question me and chose a day before my protest? It could have happened a day later as well. She added, “When requests were made, well within the law, to the Enforcement Directorate to investigate me at my home, they simply refused. If they can do this to a political face, imagine how much a common person, especially a woman, would have to bear with.”
Kavitha said that provisions should be made to ensure women can comply with such investigations at any level, including via video calls and virtually. In her interaction with the media, she announced that the BRS Party has decided to raise this issue and take it forward to ensure correct procedures are put in place. MLC Kavitha, while responding to the way forward, said that “I am a law-abiding citizen, I’ll comply and cooperate with the investigation agency as we understand their obligations towards the Government of India. But why is B.L. Santhosh evading the agency himself?’
During her address, the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister KCR said that Telangana is currently on the radar of the BJP as their “Modi se pehle ED” agenda has been unleashed. While sharing a few stats, MLC Kavitha said, ‘From last June, the GOI has constantly been sending its agencies to Telangana. Why? Because Telangana elections are due in November or December.’ She said more than 100 CBI raids, 200 ED raids, over 500 income tax raids, and 500 to 600 people have been questioned under the NIA.’ She said all of them are either politicians, members of our party, or business houses that don’t subscribe to the BJP’s diktats.
Kavitha also raised the issue of the extension of terms of independent agency heads by the Government of India, but the Government chooses not to give an extension to the Agniveer Scheme. BRS Party leader, added,’ This is not my issue alone, in our party, 15–16 leaders have been targeted. My request to PM Modi would be to go talk to people and tell them what they have done for Telangana and India. They should try to win hearts before winning elections.’
Former Member of Parliament from Nizamabad, Kavitha, said that “nine states have witnessed the BJP’s pre-poll intimidation tactics, it won’t work with us. We won’t be intimidated; we have won people’s support and will continue to do the same. We will continue to expose the BJP’s failures. They have failed the army, youth, and farmers already.’
She said that the double engine sarkar which actually stands for “Pradhani and Adani sarkar,”, works in the interests of only a few, and therefore the opposition is oppressed and harassed for raising their voices. But why does the government punish the common man with bad governance and policies?
Kavitha further added, ‘Today the land of Mahatma Gandhi, that of Satya, has become the land of lies.’ She said, “My message to the people of India is don’t give a chance to one nation—one friend government.” Listen to the opposition’
MLC Kavitha recalled Gandhari’s blessing for Duryodhan and said, “Dharam, jis taraf hai, uska jay ho’. ‘We believe in the power of truth, and that shall triumph, Even Kansa could not stop Lord Krishna’s birth after several attempts. No political party or leader should think they are bigger than the Lord himself.’
MLC Kavitha also responded to a question about the role of the Congress Party in the opposition, she said, The Congress must decide its role for the people and country as a whole; it needs to think beyond its own party in the national interest. CM KCR has taken several efforts to bring together a stronger front for opposition unity, which is the belief of Hon’ble CM, and we will keep trying and ensure that this works for the people of India. The need is to become a team player and work together to defeat the BJP in 2024.’
BRS Party leader MLC Kavitha said that ‘the BJP does not believe in the existence of minorities and the weak. Our government in Telangana has proven to the entire country that the real picture of a diverse India can be easily practiced and preached if the government wants to.’