New Delhi, Dec 27: Just few minutes after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed on the need for Indian society to be "fair" with its womenfolk, he and his government ended up "insulting" a woman Chief Minister. The lady in the midst of the controversy was none other than Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa.
J Jayalalithaa on Thursday, Dec 27 walked out of the National Development Council (NDC) meet of CMs after being interrupted during her speech in New Delhi. The NDC meet was earlier addressed by Manmohan Singh.
Jaya told reporters that she felt humiliated because of interruption. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also attended the meet at the national capital.
"I felt humiliated," Jayalalithaa told reporters waiting outside.
A visibly upset AIADMK supremo also accused centre of suppressing the voices of Chief Ministers of non-Congress ruled states.
"Centre is trying to stifle voice of chief ministers of non-Congress ruled states," she said in her angry reaction to the issue.
Hitting out at the Centre, Jayalalithaa said, "No reasonable and legitimate suggestion was made by states mentioned in the draft Plan document." According to reports, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was given 10 minutes to finish her speech but she exceeded that limit and she was then asked to shorten it.
The NDC meeting was chaired by Prime Minister. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ordered Chief Ministers of all states to ensure safety of women at the NDC meet. Prime Minister stressed that government must address the growing threat to women in the country. Singh also emphasised on the need to build gender equality. "Our society has not been fair to women," lamented Prime Minister.
Singh's comments came close on the heels of protests across the country demanding better safety measures for women. Protests across the country were triggered after a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang-raped by a group of six men in a moving bus in New Delhi. Currently, her condition is critical.