Women Lobby For Tickets

BJD Supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s insistence  for 33 Percent reservation for women in Assembly and Parliament seats is currently witnessing a competition among major political parties to field more women candidates in the ensuing General Elections.

This has prompted more numbers of women in the State to lobby for tickets from their respective parties.
The 15th State Assembly had women representatives from only eight districts while women in 22 districts missed the chance. The total number of women MLAs was only 12 in a 147-member strong Assembly.
And again, out of the 12, one member belonged to the ST community while four belonged to the SC community. The rest seven represented the general category. Out of the 12 representing eight districts, four hailed from Ganjam alone.
Going into further details, two women representatives came from Bargarh district while Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Jajpur, Anugul, Bolangir and Jagatsinghpur had one each.
From among the women MLAs, Snehangini Churia and Usha Devi are berthed as Ministers in Naveen Patnaik’s Cabinet.
Again, out of the 12 women MLAs, BJP has only one member - Radharani Panda, and Congress party has none. Eleven women belong to the ruling BJD.
Similarly, two women representing Odisha in the Lok Sabha are Pratyusha Rajeswari from Kandhamal and Rita Tarai from Jajpur. Both of them are from BJD.
After BJD announced that it would field 33 percent women candidates, there is serious competition in BJP and Congress to set more candidates both for the Assembly as well as for the Lok Sabha.
It is to be naturally expected that the BJD will field seven women candidates for the Lok Sabha on the basis of its announcement. Both BJP and Congress are on the lookout for equal number of women candidates for Lok Sabha seats.
Though none of BJP and Congress has declared so far about the number of women candidates they want to field, it is certain that more women candidates will be in the field this time.
The number of women’s representation in coastal Odisha is also expected to rise accordingly, which was only six last time.

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