Women to take centre stage in UPA-II

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New Delhi, Jun 7: Women are set to create history in the Indian Parliament. After Pratibha Patil and Meria Kumar, now the women MPs prove to be better than men MPs in the Indian Parliament. A new study reveals that a majority of women MP's are post graduates when compared to the male counterparts and have greater chances of winning the elections.

The study of PRS Legislative Research, a non-profit organisation says that 10 percent of the women contestants in the Apr-May general elections have won, while the figure for men was only 6 pc.

The findings came out at the time when Sharad Yadav, president of the Janata Dal-United opposed the UPA goverment's plan for 33 pc reservation for women in parliament

Until now, women MPs have never crossed nine pc of the total strength of the 545 member House, but now the figure is 11 percent which is the highest in the history of Indian parliament.

The study also reveals that as many as 29 pc of women are less than 40 years of age when compared to the previous Lok Sabha (17 pc).

However, it was Mamata Banerjee who fielded the highest percentage of women candidates where 17 pc out of 20 women candidates turned to be winners.

The PRS research said the percentage of women representatives in the age group of 40 to 60 has gone down. Now less than 57 percent of women fall in this category as compared to over 73 percent in 2004. But this time, women over 60 make up 13.8 percent, while it was a mere 9.8 percent in the 14th Lok Sabha.

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