"India can't be a superpower until we empower women. Wherever women are being empowered and given a chance, those states are progressing rapidly," the Congress vice-president told a rally here.

"We want to give women an equal chance in politics... In panchayats, in the assemblies, in Parliament, more women should be visible," he said.

In an apparent attack on BJP and RSS, Gandhi said that the "Opposition does not respect women and their 'ideological sangathan' doesn't have a place for women."

Appealing to women, who constitute more than 40 percent of the electors, he said, "We want to use your strength in the progress of this country. We want to open doors for women, doors of schools, hospitals and Parliament, as without you, there is no progress."


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