Though all political parties advocate greater representation of women in state assemblies and even “preach” for 33 per cent reservation to women in ticket distribution, but when it comes to execution… the parties are ‘Exposed.’
In several past Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, no party whether BJP or Congress have granted 33 per cent tickets to women candidates. Moreover, these parties didn’t even allot half of 33 % seats to women candidates.
If figures are any indicators, step-motherly treatment has been meted out to women aspirants on the excuse of their “winnability” factor. Ahead in demanding reservation of women in assemblies, the political parties start essaying that it should be a norm for giving 33 per cent tickets to women or they have to go by those candidates who have more chances to win election. In 2008, only 6.95 per cent of women candidates from all political parties had participated in assembly elections.
Congress had given tickets to 37 women candidates out of 230 candidates out of which 8 had gone to the assembly by winning the elections. Similarly, BJP had given tickets to only 25 female candidates out of which 14 had tasted success in 2008. Assembly elections in 2013 were not so different for women candidates as only 7.74 per cent of women candidates from all political parties had participated.
Congress had given tickets to 22 women candidates while BJP had given tickets to 27 women candidates out of which 6 and 18 had won respectively. Likewise, in every assembly election, both major political parties claim to have given chance to more women candidates before declaration of tickets but the real picture will come only on declaring candidates.
Shobha Oza State media in-charge Congress
We always give chance to women candidates: Congress We always prefer women candidates and advocate women participation in politics. We will give appropriate number of tickets to women in this assembly election as well.
Umesh Sharma State spokesperson, BJP
Women participation is increasing: BJP Women participation is increasing in the politics of Madhya Pradesh and so as the number of candidates. We always prefer women candidates on many seats and the party will make it again.