Women power needed to clean up politics: Swaraj

Asking young women not to be averse to joining politics, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said "good people" were needed to "clean up" the political life in the country.

Last Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 18:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Asking young women not to be
averse to joining politics, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said "good people" were needed to "clean up" the
political life in the country.

"I want all of you to become Sushma Swaraj. People
say politics is polluted. I would like to ask you will you
not clean a room of your house if it is dirty. Good people
must come and join politics to clean it," the Leader of
Opposition in Lok Sabha told a gathering of young girls while
asking them to join politics.
In an interaction with around 200 girls as part of
celebration to mark the International Women`s Day on March 8,
Swaraj threw light on various aspects of her life as well as
her opinion on a range of issues related to women.
"I fought election at the age of 25 and became a
Cabinet Minister. It is a sort of record till today...I want
young and good people to join politics," she said.

When a girl asked whether her family life suffered due
to political work, Swaraj said, "I always believe in time
management. For me quality of time is more important than
quantity of time.

"In last 34 years, I and my family never felt that my
political life has come in the way of my family life," Swaraj
said.

Replying to a question on why there is not enough
representation of women in Parliament, she said the when the
Women Reservation Bill becomes a law, then the fair sex will
have equal representation in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

She said the BJP has assured the government that the
party will support the Bill when it comes to Lok Sabha.
Seeking equal opportunity for women, she also wondered
why women cannot be given combat role in armed forces and said
the problem is with the "mindset".

"Why women are not given combat role in army? The
problem is with the mindset. Can women not play their role in
combat duties," she said.

Swaraj also expressed deep concern over female
foeticide.

She urged the women to join BJP and took a dig at the
Nehru-Gandhi family, saying anybody in her party can rise to
the top position which is "not possible in Congress as the top
position in that party is always reserved for a particular
family".

PTI