1. Delhi elections: Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party field just 19 women candidates

Delhi elections: Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party field just 19 women candidates

A total of 19 women candidates have been fielded by three major political parties in the contest- BJP, Congress and AAP in the election for the 70-member House.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 2, 2015 9:17 AM
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BJP has given tickets to maximum number of women candidates for the February 7 polls including its Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi who is contesting from Krishna Nagar. (PTI)

Assurances on women safety are galore in the national capital in the run up to the Delhi Assembly polls but when it comes to fielding women candidates, the major parties in the fray have fared poorly.

A total of 19 women candidates have been fielded by three major political parties in the contest- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the election for the 70-member House.

BJP has given tickets to maximum number of women candidates for the February 7 polls including its Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi who is contesting from Krishna Nagar.

The party has fielded eight women including former Union minister Krishna Tirath from Patel Nagar, former DUSU presidents Rekha Gupta from Shalimar Bagh and Nupur Sharma from high-profile New Delhi constituency, Kiran Vaidya from Trilokpuri, Rajni Abbi from Timarpur, homoeopathy practitioner Nandini Sharma from Malviya Nagar and former South Delhi mayor Sarita Chaudhary from Mehrauli.

Close to BJP is the Aam Aadmi Party, which has fielded six women candidates including Rakhi Birla, Bandna Kumari, Saritha Singh, Alka Lambha, Pramila Tokas and Bhavna Gaur.

While Birla was the cabinet minister of Women & Child, Social Welfare and Languages in Delhi during AAP’s 49-day regime, Bandana Kumari was elected as an MLA from the Shalimar Bagh constituency in last polls.

The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.

The prominent names in the list include Kiran Walia, who is contesting from New Delhi Assembly seat against Arvind Kejriwal and President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishta Mukherjee, who is contesting from Greater Kailash Assembly constituency.

Other women nominees of the Congress include Rita Shokeen, Meenakshi Chandela and municipal councillor Rinku.

The number of tickets given to women candidates by the three leading parties is in sharp contrast to population of women voters in Delhi.

According to electoral roll, a total of 1.33 crore people are eligible to vote out of which over 72 lakh are men and around 59 lakh are women voters. Out of 673 candidates in the fray, only 66 are women.

In the 2013 Assembly polls in Delhi, Congress and AAP had fielded six women candidates each while from the BJP five women candidates had contested the polls.

Parties, however, are claiming that fielding less number of women candidates is not ‘intentional’ and has been done keeping several factors including ‘winnability’ in mind.

“We have fielded maximum number of women candidates in comparison with AAP and BJP. We have always advocated reservation for women too. But there are certain factors that have been kept in mind during the ticket distribution.

“How active the candidate has socially been in the particular area? What is the winnability percentage? All these things have been kept in mind while fielding any particular candidate,” said Ashwini Upadhyay, spokesperson Delhi BJP.

Senior Congress leader and New Delhi candidate Kiran Walia said, “Our party has had strong examples of women leaders. Sonia Gandhi is the party president, Shiela Dixit has been former Chief Minister.

“And this time too whoever featured on the list after consideration of all the factors in accordance with party policies, we have fielded that candidate irrespective of being a male or female. There is nothing intentional.”

AAP leader Rakhi Birla, who is contesting from Mangolpuri constituency said, “Women issues have been listed on priority list in AAP’s manifesto. We are a team, we have to deal with those issues and ensure security of women. So, more important is that the team is able to do that rather than who is included in the team and who is not.As a woman leader, I am always respected in the party.”

 

 

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    Pavi
    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:11 am
    Had AAP fielded maximum number of woman candidates, the article would have said how pro-women AAP is and would have eulogized Kejriwal for being a revolutionary. Since it is BJP that has fielded maximum number of women candidates (including their CM candidate), the article is trying to tell us that none of the parties care about women.
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    Desh Bkhakta
    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm
    Do not be misled by BJP-Modi's "chaal". Keep Delhi in AAP's hand to keep balance of power. Kiran Bedi is an opportunist who would change party for the sake of "kursi". BJP is doing everything possible to win but this will be bad thing for Delhian.
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    Mansojlal Dubey
    Feb 2, 2015 at 8:25 pm
    is aap is becoming men centric.. why in aap manifesto.. their is no concrete thing maintain about women security & their development.. kejriwal is corrupt.. the latest report suggest,, kejriwal has taken black money from abroad is d company is involve... it is serious security concern..4 dubious company given 50 lakh each to aap,,their are more criminal candidate of aap than congress
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    Mumbai 81
    Feb 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm
    This is so sick from BJP. Please tell what will you do? Not what others did in the past. People are interested to know 'vikas' which is still to born when 9th months going on.
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    Abhi Ghosh
    Feb 2, 2015 at 7:08 pm
    ONLY WOMEN CANDIDATES CANNOT GIVE WOMEN'S SAFETY. :- At least BJP government will fail measurably to provide extremely important issue of women safety, be rest ured. The fact remains, BJP leaders have a clear anti-women mindset, which is evident from the statements of various BJP leaders : 1) Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao (7 January, 2015) : "Hindu women should give birth to at least four children." 2) ML Khattar, BJP’s Haryana chief minister (10 Oct, 2014) : “If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way, If you want freedom, why don't they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country's tradition asks girls to dress decently.” "Pre-marital occurs when the minds of girls and boys are not on the right track." 3) Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP from Gorakhpur 30 Aug 2014) : “If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslims girls. One community is allowed to spread anarchy. If the government is not doing anything, then the Hindus will have to take matters into their own hands.” As if "girls" are only "community" spreading mechanism. Due to this ridiculous mind-set of BJP we feel ashamed of the fact according to to Delhi Police Statistics Report 1) The number of rape cases rose from 1571 in 2013 to 2069 in 2014 – (30% rise in 2014). 2) Molestation cases up from 3345 in 2013 to 4179 cases in 2014 - 834 more cases of molestation registered (26% rise) 3) Cases of snatching grew from 3316 in 2013 to 6944 in 2014 – Almost a 100 % rise.
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    Abhi Ghosh
    Feb 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm
    ONLY WOMEN CANDIDATES CANNOT GIVE WOMEN'S SAFETY. :- At least BJP government will fail measurably to provide extremely important issue of women safety, be rest ured. The fact remains, BJP leaders have a clear anti-women mindset, which is evident from the statements of various BJP leaders : 1) Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao (7 January, 2015) : "Hindu women should give birth to at least four children." 2) ML Khattar, BJP’s Haryana chief minister (10 Oct, 2014) : “If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way, If you want freedom, why don't they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country's tradition asks girls to dress decently.” "Pre-marital occurs when the minds of girls and boys are not on the right track." 3) Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP from Gorakhpur 30 Aug 2014) : “If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslims girls. One community is allowed to spread anarchy. If the government is not doing anything, then the Hindus will have to take matters into their own hands.” As if "girls" are only "community" spreading mechanism. Due to this ridiculous mind-set of BJP we feel ashamed of the fact according to to Delhi Police Statistics Report 1) The number of rape cases rose from 1571 in 2013 to 2069 in 2014 – (30% rise in 2014). 2) Molestation cases up from 3345 in 2013 to 4179 cases in 2014 - 834 more cases of molestation registered (26% rise) 3) Cases of snatching grew from 3316 in 2013 to 6944 in 2014 – Almost a 100 % rise.
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    Abhi Ghosh
    Feb 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm
    Your comment is under moderation and will be approved by the site moderator. Thank you for your patience. ONLY WOMEN CANDIDATES CANNOT GIVE WOMEN'S SAFETY. :- At least BJP government will fail measurably to provide extremely important issue of women safety, be rest ured. The fact remains, BJP leaders have a clear anti-women mindset, which is evident from the statements of various BJP leaders : 1) Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao (7 January, 2015) : "Hindu women should give birth to at least four children." 2) ML Khattar, BJP’s Haryana chief minister (10 Oct, 2014) : “If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way, If you want freedom, why don't they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country's tradition asks girls to dress decently.” "Pre-marital occurs when the minds of girls and boys are not on the right track." 3) Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP from Gorakhpur 30 Aug 2014) : “If they take one Hindu girl, we will take 100 Muslims girls. One community is allowed to spread anarchy. If the government is not doing anything, then the Hindus will have to take matters into their own hands.” As if "girls" are only "community" spreading mechanism. Moreover the so called "SENAS" the fringe elements of SAFFRON PARTY (GESTAPOS???) brutal behavior in the name of "Moral Policing" against the women is well known to all Due to this ridiculous mind-set of BJP we feel ashamed of the fact according to to Delhi Police Statistics Report 1) The number of rape cases rose from 1571 in 2013 to 2069 in 2014 – (30% rise in 2014). 2) Molestation cases up from 3345 in 2013 to 4179 cases in 2014 - 834 more cases of molestation registered (26% rise) 3) Cases of snatching grew from 3316 in 2013 to 6944 in 2014 – Almost a 100 % rise.
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    dashrath
    Feb 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm
    AK is clean and honest revolutionary and deserves to be cm !!! bjp is full of lies and playing with words to fool people of Delhi but will not succeed in this evil work!!
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