Some other BJP candidate's scope for male representation in the civic elections has reduced even further as many political parties have chosen to field women candidates from unreserved wards.
There’s a 50% reservation for women, besides caste reservations, which reduces the number of wards available for male contestants in the open category to 77 of the total 227.
It was believed that the political parties would give preference to male candidates in the 77 wards, but as many as 14 women candidates have managed to get tickets to contest from open-category wards.
The decision has upset male candidates and sitting corporators, who have lost their wards to reservation.
At 7, the Shiv Sena has fielded the most number of women candidates from open wards. It includes prominent corporators such as Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and former health committee chairperson Ashwini Mate.
The Sena has denied tickets to senior corporators Mangesh Satamkar and BEST committee chairman Sunil Shinde to give tickets to Jadhav and Jyoti Bhosale respectively.
“The leadership has been unmindful of the way they are giving open seats to women. The idea was to keep a balance, but by the way the seats have been given, an imbalance has been created,” said a Sena corporator.
The BJP has fielded three women from open-category wards, including Deputy Mayor Shailaja Girkar, who Raj Purohit, city BJP president, said was selected “purely on merit”.
Both the MNS and the NCP have fielded two such women candidates each.