Living in rented homes, these women attend BJP's property tax rally

Living in rented homes, these women attend BJP's property tax rally

 Among the large number of people who took part in the BJP’s rally against property tax hike were women in burqa. They could be the good poster girls for the saffron party’s outreach to Muslims.

Living in Narayanapura and JJ Pura slums near Wilson Garden, they were among the flag-bearers for the BJP. The problem, however, was that they had little idea about the objective of the protest.

“Idu Bele Erike Viruddha Horata,” (This is an agitation against price rise), said the women in veils. The BJP cleverly included the rise in milk prices, electricity rates, borewell charges and bus fares, along with property tax hike, to make the protest multi-dimensional to suit all those who participated in the rally.

Bibi Jaan, a “protestor”, said, “We are struggling for survival because of the price rise. The prices of essential commodities, milk and water have gone up substantially. Many of us are homemakers and have to run the house on the meagre income of our husbands.”
Similar views were expressed by Lakshmi, Nageena and Shakeela Banu. But none of them owns a house and had no information about property tax. “I live in a rented house in Narayanapura slum near Wilson Garden. I pay a rent of Rs 5,000,” Lakshmi said.

BJP spokesperson S Prakash reacted enthusiastically to the participation of Muslims in the rally. “The party is now acceptable to all sections of society. The issues raised by us affect everyone, so these women participated in big numbers on the call given by our state president Yeddyurappa.” When told that many participants do not own property, Prakash said the women took part because they were “party workers.”

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