Srinagar, December 03: In a very first ever incident, two women have been elected as the constituency presidents by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday. The party is holding its first-ever organisational elections in the Valley.
The party has elected Sheikh Gousia Islam as the constituency president for Bandipora and Neelam Bashir Gaash as the president for Zadibal during a function at Bandipora in north Kashmir.
“Gousia was elected as the BJP president for the Bandipora constituency on Wednesday after the party elections in which all booth-level presidents voted,” said BJP media in charge Altaf Thakur. He added that Neelam was elected during elections for Zadibal constituency in Srinagar district which held earlier.
Ashok Koul, the General Secretary (organisation) of BJP has called the election of two women as constituency presidents, a welcome development since gender equality was always one of the party’s ideologies.
“The BJP believes in serving men and women equally in the party, which is the only reason it has chosen Gousia as constituency president for Bandipora and Gaash as president for Zadibal constituency. This is a clear message that the BJP treats all equally and has the mission to carry everybody forward,” he said.
As per reports, Gousia was previously associated with the National Conference and had had joined the BJP around a year-and-a-half back while Neelam had unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly elections from Zadibal.