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AHMEDABAD: Aggrieved with 50 per cent reservation for women in the local body polls, an organization of ‘harassed husbands’ will contest the election in the city with 18 independent candidates.
Dashrath Devda (51), founder of Akhil Bhartiya Patni Atyachar Virodhi Sangh on Wednesday said he and other members of his outfit, which he calls ‘Dukhi Pati’ (aggrieved husband), will contest the election to register their protest against gender-based quota in electoral politics.
“We will contest the election with a demand to abolish 50% reservation for women.Women have already been given adequate legal protection, so there is no need for a new provision. Our fight is not against women, but aga inst the laws that shield women and harass men,” said Devda.
He said he will field his candidates from Nikol, Bapunagar, Naroda, Odhav and Ranip wards, while Devda will contest from Asarva area.
Devda, who has taken up the cudgels on behalf of husbands allegedly harassed by their wives since 1998, said his politics is different and claimed that he and his ‘Dukhi Patis’ will emerge victorious. “The BJP and Congress are worried about caste, community or religion equations, but we are not since our potential voters include the entire male community ,” said Devda who had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Ahmedabad (East) as an independent candidate and had mustered 2,299 votes.