The Telangana government has decided to hold Bathukamma as a State festival, but surprisingly, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao had little regard to women as was evident from the way he had not inducted even a single minister in his cabinet. Speaking about official celebration of Bathukamma, Congress party leader Md Shabbir Ali said that the festival signifies feminine felicitation.
Therefore, the Chief Minister should induct at least one or two women ministers in his cabinet to give a real meaning to the official celebration of Bathukamma festival. He said it was strange that KCR could not identify even one capable woman in his party who could be made a minister.
He reminded that Congress had five women ministers from Telangana – Dr J Geetha Reddy, Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, Konda Surekha, DK Aruna and Sabitha Indira Reddy in the State Cabinet. Therefore, it is highly condemnable that KCR has denied cabinet berth even to a single woman while sending a wrong message among people that women are not capable of handling cabinet minister’s post.
He demanded that the Chief Minister induct a woman minister in the cabinet on immediate basis, at least on the auspicious occasion of Bathukamma festival.