Speaking at an election meeting in Chalakudy on Wednesday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi appealed to female voters by highlighting the significant role housewives play in the functioning of society. Gandhi, who entered politics at the age of 47, remarked that she related to them because she also cooked, cleaned, and raised her children before shifting gears.
“I am really happy to do it and I learnt a very big thing from it,” Gandhi said as she highlighted the Congress-led UDF poll promise for the welfare of housewives. With Kerala going to polls on April 6, the Congress has promised Rs 2,000 ‘pension’ for homemakers and Rs 72,000 annually to the poor under ‘NYAY Yojana’. Last year’s Economic Survey revealed that 60% of women in India between the ages of 15-59 years are engaged in full-time housework, thus making them a significant part of the population to reach out to during the elections.
The 49-year-old leader said if voted to power, the Congress-led government will implement the scheme to help housewives to help them become more independent.
“You should be very happy because this is the first time a political party or a government is recognising what a housewife does," Gandhi said looking at the women who gathered to hear her speech in Thrissur district.
Regaling her life experiences, the Congress general secretary told voters that from the age of 25 to 47, she was a housewife. “You may think that Priyanka Gandhi never cleaned her house. But I cleaned my house, I cooked food, I looked after my children. And I did all the things that you do in my own way," she said, reaching out to women voters in the southern state.
Emphasising on her learnings from her time as a housewife, Gandhi, a mother of two, said, "nothing is more important than the work you do and without you, the children won't prosper, without you, the family is not happy."
She commented that she had learned to respect the work of the housewife and believes that every government and every political party needs to learn the same thing.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)