Panaji: After facing the ire of women`s
organisations for his comment on women joining politics, Goa
Chief Minister Digamber Kamat on Monday claimed that he was
"He was misquoted by a section of the media on the
statement made at a women`s conference held at Panaji on
Saturday," state Information and Publicity department said.
Kamat was in controversy last Sunday when he reportedly
said that women should not chase 33 per cent reservation in
He had said that politics drives one mad and hence women
should remain away from it and instead play a vital role in
The Publicity Department issued a press note quoting
Kamat stating, "I have throughout my career always supported
women in politics and will not, even in my wildest of dreams,
speak against such reservations."
"We need more vibrant and dynamic women leaders in
politics to render justice," the press note quotes the chief
Kamat said he was misquoted and added that speaking on
the success of women`s self help groups, he had stated that
after succeeding in getting 33 per cent reservation in elected
bodies, women should now concentrate on economic independence
as their top most priority.
"These women self help groups now have a very high
responsibility in society towards this end. Economic
independence for women is important as it would give a fillip
to the uplift of society as a whole," Kamat claimed to have
said during the function.