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More women get BJP ticket

india Updated: Nov 16, 2008 12:36 IST

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Though the bill providing 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state Assemblies is yet to get nod from major political parties, Chhattisgarh polls show that reservation to women in BJP cadre has led to more women getting the party ticket.

In the state Assembly polls held in 2003, BJP fielded six women candidate for the 90-member Assembly. Of these four won and two were made ministers in the Raman Singh government.

In the on-going polls, BJP has fielded nine women candidates. A look at their profile shows that some of them came into prominence in the party cadre after BJP declared 33 per cent reservation for women in organisation posts in January this year.

"After the BJP made 33 per cent reservation for women in party cadre, I was made vice-president of the Chhattisgarh unit," BJP candidate from Kanker Sumitra Markole told PTI.

This facilitated her candidature from the seat as BJP denied the ticket to its sitting MLA Aghan Singh Thakur from the constituency due to non-performance.

However, none of the political parties have reached anywhere near the 33 per cent mark espoused by them in Parliament when the women's reservation bill was tabled for the umpteenth time in the budget session this year.

Congress has fielded only 10 women candidates. But this is an improvement for the party, which fielded eight the last time. All of them lost in the elections.