Women came out in huge numbers to exercise their franchise during the municipal corporation elections on Sunday. Comprising 40% of the voting population, they hold the key to catapulting a candidate to the MC House.
Keeping this is mind, parties had fielded a number of woman candidates. While the Congress gave ticket to 11 women, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded nine. In all, 40 of the 122 candidates in the fray were women.
Professionals, homemakers or senior citizens, women took part in the elections enthusiastically. In colonies and southern sectors, a number of them could be seen waiting for their turn to cast vote.
“Men or women, all should vote. This is our right. Many decisions taken by the MC, such as on sanitation, impact us directly,” said Karuna Jain, a resident of Sector 15.
Shanta Devi, a voter from Ram Darbar, said: “My husband has always encouraged me to vote. I also keep a tab on the working of councillors.”
Many woman voters said they did not mind waiting in the queue, even for two hours, as they were electing their councillor after five years.
In all, the city has 5.7 lakh voters, with women numbering 2.3 lakh. In some important wards, such as that of mayor Arun Sood, senior deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil, city Congress chief Pardeep Chhabra, and councillor Gurbax Rawat, woman voters comprise 50% of the electorate.
In Sood’s ward 8, there were 13,194 woman voters out of the total 26,846. In ward 3, from where Chhabra is in the fray, of 12,668 voters, 6,220 are women, and in Moudgil’s ward 22, the number is 7,174 of 14,769.