The Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) legislator Renuka Bishnoi on Saturday said that the party would field 15 women candidates in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Addressing a women's convention of the party here on Friday, Renuka, wife of the HJC president Kuldeep Bishnoi, said that the party was committed for due representation to the women.
HJC and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have a political alliance and the two had announced to field 45 candidates each in the 90-member house of Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
For the Lok Sabha elections, the alliance has a strategy to allot two seats to the HJC and remaining eight to the BJP.
While the two parties are unanimous to give Hisar parliamentary seat to HJC, considered a traditional seat for Kuldeep Bishnoi's late father and ex-Congress chief minister Bhajan Lal, the party is yet to choose the second seat.
Meanwhile, Renuka, who represents Adampur assembly segment, said that the party leadership was a strong votary of one-third representation to women and it would be exercised in the forthcoming elections.
On a question of contesting Lok Sabha elections from Karnal or Hisar, she said that it was prerogative of the BJP-HJC coordination committee.
"It is not in my jurisdiction to comment on from where would I contest the next elections. I have joined politics to raise the issues of the common man," she told reporters.
Lashing out at the Haryana government, Renuka said that the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda should resign over the lokayukta's recommendation to register a criminal case against Congress legislator and chief parliamentary secretary Ram Kishan Fauji for allegedly seeking bribe in lieu of granting change of land use (CLU).
"Ever since the alleged video clipping showing Fauji came in the public domain, Hooda and the Congress were shielding Fauji. Now, when the lokayukta has found substance in the contents of the CD and suggested a through inquiry, the Congress is still protecting a corrupt elected representative," she said.
The HJC legislator, Renuka Bishnoi, and party's state president of women's wing Kusum Sharma were presented silver crowns by the activists.
The two leaders posed for the photojournalists doning the crowns.