by Rizwan Asad & Husna Rizwan
Bengaluru: All India Mahila Empowerment Party’s (MEP) leader Dr. Nowhera Shaikh said that in Karnataka, education, power and water issues have not been addressed from the past 60-70 years.
Dr. Shaikh, who spoke to Nasheman’s editors said that if MEP is elected to power, it will give importance to these issues immediately. “Govt schools will become model schools, which will compete with the best convent schools”.
She said that MEP is for the upliftment of women and the downtrodden, irrespective of religion caste and creed.
“Because of the lack of response from present govts, people are fed up, which we have come across during our interactions with the public,” Dr. Shaikh stated.
“From December 24th onwards MEP has been holding meetings with people and there has been a good response. People from all walks of life, have attended MEP meetings”.
Dr. Shaikh said that leaders and workers of major parties like Congress, JDS, SDPI and others are fed up with their parties and policies, and flocking to MEP in rows. “Thousands have registered as party workers in the past 8-10 days”.
The party has received 1700 applications from the incumbent for the ensuing Karnataka elections for MEP ticket. Dr. Shaikh said that a committee has been formed, who will take further decision. She added that preference will be given to people of downtrodden and backward groups.
Explaining the objectives of her party, Dr. Shaikh said that MEP is for safeguarding the rights of women, and promised jobs for women who are graduates.
When asked about people’s allegations that her party will divide votes, Dr. Shaikh gave a witty reply that, all the other parties should support her and her party, instead of spreading false allegations against her.
On the upcoming elections, Dr. Shaikh said that MEP will fight in all the 224 constituencies, and said that people who have approached her so far have expressed their desire that she is elected as the “first woman CM of Karnataka”.