Left gives little representation to women
Despite championing the cause of the fairer sex, the Left parties in West Bengal have left only two of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats for women candidates.kolkata Updated: Mar 17, 2009 10:32 IST
Despite championing the cause of the fairer sex, the Left parties in West Bengal have left only two of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats for women candidates.
Compared to it, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has allotted maximum number of five seats to women.
Among the left parties, only the CPI-M has nominated two women while it is an all-male affair for its other constituents like CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP.
The marxists have re-nominated its two sitting MPs--former athlete Jyotirmoyee Sikdar from Krishnanagar and Susmita Bauri from Bishnupur (SC) constituencies.
The party has dropped its sitting MP from Jalpaiguri Minati Sen and fielded Mahendra Roy from the seat.
Apart from party supremo Mamata Banerjee who was seeking re-election from the prestigious Kolkata South constituency, Left’s main rival Trinamool Congress fielded four women aspirants to try their luck at the election.
Kakali Ghose Dastidar, the party’s women wing chief, was contesting from Barasat seat which TC had lost by a narrow margin in the last Lok Sabha poll.