Women activists slam BJP, Congress for giving less tickets to women candidates


Women candidates in Lok Sabha election: While regional parties have taken a lead in giving greater representation to women candidates in the general elections this time but the two national parties BJP has released list of 184 candidates on Thursday but the number of women candidates is less than 12 per cent. As per the tickets announced so far, the record of Congress party is even worse. Tara Krishnaswamys views echo in a women party member of the BJP who is seeking party ticket for Lok Sabha election in national capital Delhi. And this figure is even less in case of candidates declared by the Congress party so far, Chayanika Uniyal Panda, head of research department of All India Mahila Congress, says that if someone assumes that a woman cant win the elections just because she is a woman then she will never be able to prove herself. We need to tell them that this issue whether women can actually win the elections or not cannot be decided until you give them tickets, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee has given 41% tickets to women candidates this time, a record in Indian politics. Her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik has announced that his party Biju Janata Dal will give one third tickets to women candidates for upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.

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