Giving the women cadre of the state BJP a reason to cheer, the party's state organising secretary has promised 33% reservation in distribution of tickets for them in the coming assembly elections.
As per Ashok Kaul, BJP organising secretary, since the central leadership has given due representation to women in its national team, the Jammu and Kashmir units will take care to include deserving women candidates in the assembly elections.
"We have given proper reservation to women in the state BJP and will take into consideration all modalities while allotting tickets to deserving women candidates for the polls," Ashok Kaul told Hindustan Times.
Contrary to this, the women cadre, despite putting up a buoyed face on Narendra Modi's anointment as BJP's prime ministerial candidate, is not very hopeful of women getting representation in the assembly elections.
"As of now, the entire focus is on the Lok Sabha elections and our main aim is to provide a winnable candidate to Parliament from the state. Our role in the assembly elections would come after the Parliamentary elections," said Mamta Singh, state secretary of BJP.
State vice-president Sakina Bano, however, said, "I have openly put up this issue before BJP president Rajnath Singh for consideration. I do not feel repeating the deadwoods as well as repeated failures to be given party mandate for Lok Sabha ticket as well as for the state assembly elections."
She listed her vote against the consideration of Nirmal Singh as well as Bali Bhagat for party mandate as they have been consistent losers many a time.
"Why not women, who have worked on ground for consolidating the party in remote and far-flung areas be considered for the ticket as they are more deserving than losers and deadwoods," said Sakina Bano.
She even expressed her desire to contest from the Raipur Domana seat from where she retired as headmistress after serving for five years. She was chief education officer and claims to enjoy good public support.
"I have even suggested to president Rajnath Singh the names of Suresh Jamwal, Nirmal Kamal, Poornima Sharma and Usha Chaudhary from various seats," she added.
However, another major hiccup that a particular class women in the BJP is facing is that some of their compatriots would find a berth in the state elections as their husbands as well as relatives who are enjoying key posts in the party and are themselves in the fray for Lok Sabha ticket.
"Since we do not have a Godfather to support, we are definite to get our appeal proposals rejected for the ticket in state assembly elections despite being active ground level workers of the party," said a morcha secretary of the party.
State BJP president Jugal Kishore Sharma said for the parliamentary election procedure, the national parliamentary board of the party has to take decision in which there is no interference from the state. However, for the state assembly elections, he assured women of full reservation in ticket allotment.