Shaina NC, one of the BJP's most prominent faces in Maharashtra and its spokesperson, has said in tweets that she is "upset and appalled" to know that barring two parties, all others "pay only lip service to the cause of women". Her own party is not one of those two exceptions, signaling that she is unhappy with her party leadership at being passed over as a candidate for the national election.
All political parties need to wake up. Women are 50 percent or the electorate. Upset and appalled to know that other than @MamataOfficial who has given 41 percent and @Naveen_Odisha who has given 33 percent to women candidates all other parties only pay lip service to our cause. pic.twitter.com/ZKVriLlvLS— Shaina NC (@ShainaNC) 31 March 2019
Shaina NC's open criticism comes amid talks that the 46-year-old leader was hopeful of being fielded by the BJP following an announcement last year that the party and its ally Shiv Sena would contest elections separately. That would have meant that the BJP would have had to find a candidate for the South Mumbai seat. The squabbling allies eventually patched up in February; the South Mumbai seat went to the Shiv Sena which re-nominated sitting lawmaker Arvind Sawant.
As a BJP spokesperson, Shaina NC has often been seen on TV debates speaking in support of empowerment of women through larger representation in state legislatures and parliament. She is considered one of the progressive voices in the party. Shaina NC, also a fashion designer, is the daughter of eminent jurist and former Sheriff of Mumbai Nana Chudasama who died last year. She has openly supported the Women's Reservation Bill that stipulates 33 per cent reservation for women in parliament and state assemblies.
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