Women ignored yet again: BJP fields 22, Cong 16 for Guj polls

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Ahmedabad, Dec 5 (UNI) The 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state Assemblies is all talk and no practice, has been amply demonstrated by the major national parties in Gujarat, with both the BJP and the Congress, fielding just 38 women in the fray for the upcoming elections.

While the BJP has nominated 22 women, 16 are from the Congress.

There are 84 women out of the total 1268 candidates in the electoral fray this year, almost 6.7 per cent, which in itself is a record.

In 1995, though there were 95 women in the fray, the total number of candidates was 2546.

While the BJP is contesting all the 182 seats, the Congress has left out ten seats for its allies like the NCP and others.

The BJP had fielded only 12 women candidates in the previous elections of whom eight made their entry in the outgoing state Assembly.

The Congress last time had nominated 24 women in 2002 elections, as against this year's 16.

Of the 38 women candidates, over half of them are contesting for the first time.

State Minister Anandiben Patel, a close associate of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is contesting from Patan.

Neemaben Acharya, who had contested the last polls on a Congress ticket from Anjar, has switched over to the BJP this time, while Ramila Desai, who was elected as a BJP candidate last time, is contesting on a Congress ticket this year.

Prominent among the BJP's women candidates are Mayaben Kodnani, Jasuben from Jetpur, Vasuben Trivedi from Jamnagar and Bhanuben Bavariya from Rajkot rural.

The Congress candidates include Kashmiraben Nathbani (Rajkot), Kantaben Dabhi (Rajkot Rural), Shahnaz Babi(Junagadh), Kamlaben R Patel (Olpad), Jyotiben Desai (Gandevi), Bharatiben Patel (Chikhli) and Chandrikaben Bariya (Limkheda).


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