Does it matter if a female leads the country?
Mangna Jhati, 56, Sweet Stall Owner, Janpath
"I will vote for Congress because they campaign for poor people. I am handicapped and the current government has done nothing to help me. Sonia Gandhi, being a lady, gives me hope. Maybe she will understand my pain better than a man. Women can work wonders for India."
Palmist Ramanji, 44, Palm Reader/Spiritual Guru, Pallika Bazaar, New Delhi
"Women can lead this country as well as any man. Everybody knows that
men are corrupt so a lady can only be good luck for this country. Indira Gandhi lead in a traditional era, so it should be easier for a lady to do the same now."
Sidh Gopal, 31, Boot Polisher, Janpath Subway
"Why should a lady not understand my needs when men, who are less emotional, can? In fact, a lady should be even better at running this country because they make India what it is."
Navaraj, 25, Handicraft lady, Connaught Place
"I stand here and sell bags in very bad conditions and this country,lead by men, has done nothing for me. Maybe a female leader will do better, maybe she won’t. But I still think a lady is a lot more likely to understand my plight."
Manok Kumar, 22, fruit stall owner, Pragati Maidan
"Lady or man, it doesn’t bother us anymore. As long as our wishes are being fulfilled. I sit in dirty conditions all day; maybe a lady can understand my tension more than a man. Sonia Gandhi is the legacy of Indira and Rajiv. She may be good for this country."
Laxmi, 32, Henna artiste, Hanuman Mandir (temple)
“I would be happier if a female lead India. Men have done very little for us, so I can only pin hopes on a female doing better. They are more emotionally equipped to understand our pain."
Parveen More, 35, Book stall owner, Connaught Place
"I look at the party. I don’t care if a man leads it or a lady. I have a small business, I make my money and I go home. What difference does it make whether we have to answer to a lady or a man. It’s the party that matters."
Devraj Malik, 51, Paanwallah, Connaught Place
"Whatever needs we have living in India, men have taken very long to understand them. I can’t imagine women being as bad in leadership, so why should it bother anyone what gender they are? If it is a lady who takes us forward, so be it."
Nazneen Malik, 40, Fruit Stall owner, Connaught place
"It makes no difference whether a man or lady leads this country, because most are interested in supporting upper class India."
(Compiled by Navta Vij)