Telangana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday demanded that the SHE Teams of Hyderabad Police to book state Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for not giving representation to women in his cabinet. Kishan Reddy said the Chief Minister should be charged with discriminating against women.
SHE Teams is a unit of Hyderabad Police formed for women's safety and it is aimed at curbing their harassment.
Kishan Reddy, a former legislator and former President of BJP's Telangana unit, told reporters that KCR insulted women, who constitute 50 percent of the state's population, by not providing them representation in the cabinet.
There was no woman among the 10 ministers inducted by KCR, as Rao is popularly known, in his cabinet on Tuesday. The BJP leader pointed out that the previous cabinet of KCR too had no woman.
"For five years, there was no representation for women. This is happening nowhere in the world. Even Islamic countries have women Ministers," said Kishan Reddy
He also slammed KCR for not giving representation to tribal people in the cabinet and also for keeping all key portfolios with him.
"He expanded cabinet after 66 days but did not find any Minister capable of holding portfolios like finance, revenue, irrigation and industry. What was the need for expansion?" he asked.
Ahead of the polls held in December last year, the TRS had even reduced the number of tickets to women in the 2018 elections. Just four women had been given tickets, out of which three won â€” former deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, Ajmera Rekha and G Sunitha Reddy.
Following the swearing-in on Tuesday, former Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari told reporters that the next expansion would have a woman, and a legislator from the ST community.