Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday encouraged greater women representation and participation in parliament and the party.
Addressing the All India Congress Committee meet at the packed Talkatora Stadium here, Gandhi said: "I can see five-six women sitting in front of me but I want to see the day when half of this hall is filled by them." The audience cheered and applauded.
"I want half of the members of parliament and party workers to be women. We will fight your (women) battle, help you progress, empower you and respect you," he said.
Gandhi further said of all the states where Congress was in power, at least half will be ruled by women chief ministers soon.