New Delhi — Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised that one-third of government jobs and seats in parliament would be reserved for women if his Congress party wins power in national elections. An estimated 430-million women are eligible to vote in elections starting in April in India, which has one of the world’s lowest rates of female participation in the workforce. Gandhi, who is hoping to thwart Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for a second term in office, said it was important to address this gender imbalance and pledged quotas in national government jobs and parliament. “Women are generally smarter than men,” he told a women-only gathering at a college on a campaign stop in southern Chennai city. He said a Congress government would ensure one-third of state jobs were reserved for women and promised a similar quota for seats in the lower house of parliament via legislation. Congress failed to push the law through parliament during its decade in government...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now