Kolkata: If the society really wants its people and women to be empowered, politics should be removed from every aspect of it, BJP Mahila Morcha President Roopa Ganguly said on Monday.
The actress-turned-politician was speaking at a seminar organised by a Ladies Forum of a chamber of commerce on the “Role of women’s empowerment in facilitating inclusive economic growth”.
“If we take out politics and its influence from every little thing in the society, then we can actually empower the people. Today every aspect of the society has been politicised.
We need to first remove this to empower people and especially women,” Ganguly said. When asked whether the state government’s flagship ‘Kanyashree’ scheme was empowering women in West Bengal, she said, “It is definitely a good scheme but it has been propagated with a political agenda. There is nothing wrong with the scheme but there is something wrong in implementing it.”
Under Kanyashree scheme, an annual scholarship is provided to poor girls between 13 and 18 years of age to continue their studies. Besides, if an unmarried girl continues her studies up to the age of 18 years, a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 is deposited in her bank account.
Ganguly said she was twice beaten up at Gopalnagar in Kolkata and in Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas by women who she claimed were “wrongly empowered”.
“I was twice beaten up by women before the Assembly polls. Those who had beaten us were empowered women but they were wrongly empowered,” She added.