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Analysis: Are women 'only' voters only for political parties?

Friday - November 23, 2018 12:51 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL
 Record 31 women win in the 1985 Madhya Pradesh Assembly election
Record 31 women win in the 1985 Madhya Pradesh Assembly election

Formality by BJP and Congress in ticket distributing for women in Assembly election

NOV 23 (WTN) - All the political parties are trying to woo voters for the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, especially for attracting women voters, both the main parties, BJP and Congress have done well for women and have made considerable promises and claims. But for all the political parties including BJP and Congress, women are looking important only as voters, but in the matter of giving tickets, all the parties are doing formality in the matter of giving ticket to women.

In this time in Assembly elections, 459 women candidates in the state of Madhya Pradesh have been trying their luck as contesting election. Apart from giving equal rights to women in politics, parties talking about women's reservation, women have been seen behind while the matter come to issue of ticketing. While the BJP has given tickets to 25 women candidates, whereas the Congress has fielded 28 women candidates. In this sense, both the parties have given tickets to women only 10 per cent of the total seats.

For your information, let you know that the number of female voters in Madhya Pradesh is approximately 02,41,30,390, but after this, all the political parties show stinginess in the matter of giving tickets to women. The promise of 33 per cent reservation for women in the Parliament and Legislative Assemblies is so far, political parties don’t even give 33 per cent tickets to the women in the elections.

If you look at the previous Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, it is clear that the number of women MLAs in Madhya Pradesh has been changed. In the elections of 1957, 15 women became legislators; in the elections of 1962, only 15 women could become legislators. In the 1967 Assembly elections, only 10 women could get the victory, so even a single female candidate could not become a legislator in the 1972 assembly elections.

After the Emergency, 10 women won in the Assembly elections held in 1977, 18 women became legislators in the 1980 Assembly elections. The Assembly election of 1985 was the most historic for women legislators’ point of view, because in this election, 31 women won the election which is a record so far. In the 1990 Assembly elections, only 11 women could become the legislator.

In the 1993 Assembly elections, 12 women won the election, and in the 1998 assembly elections, 26 women could win. After the formation of the Chhattisgarh state, in the first Assembly elections held in 2003 in Madhya Pradesh, 18 women got a chance to become MLA in Madhya Pradesh, and in the 2008 Assembly elections, 25 women got an opportunity to become MLA. In the last Assembly elections that took place in 2013, 30 women had won.

Political parties may be behind in the issue of giving tickets to women, but women are not behind anyone in voting. In the state Assembly elections of the year 2013, 70 percent of women participated in the voting. But even after this, women are only voters for political parties; when time comes to giving ticket to women, all the parties including the BJP and Congress, give nominal tickets only to women.

Now, it is to be seen how many women are successful in winning in this election, because this time record 459 women candidates are contesting election. But if we talk about the BJP and the Congress, both parties have proved that by giving only about ten percent of the tickets to women, it is still very dangerous to wager on the women candidates for the two parties, BJP and Congress.

Both the BJP and the Congress have given tickets to women in the same seats in which the candidates have either been MLA or that seat is weak for the concerned party. It will be interesting to see now how many of 459 women candidates contesting in this election can win, and if they win more seats, can they break the record of the 1985 Assembly elections in which the maximum 31 women had become the legislator by winning the election.