Women in Sangrur are taking keen interest in the municipal committee elections and are going from door to door to ensure the victory of women candidates from Sangrur, which is known for its skewed sex ratio of 845 girls against 1,000 boys.
Out of 126 aspirants, there are a total of 45 women candidates in the election fray from 27 wards of Sangrur municipal committee. Though, most of the women candidates are fighting from the wards reserved for women, yet six women are contesting from open wards and giving a tough fight to the rivals.
Reserved for women, ward numbers 4, 19 and 25 are the favourite of women candidates as 6 women candidates are contesting from each of these wards. Also, several women candidates are contesting independently and they include BJP's district president Jogi Ram Sahani's daughter-in-law Bindu Sahani. Bindu decided to contest as an Independent as she failed to get the party symbol as the BJP had to give ward number 12 to the SAD in lieu of ward number 14, at the last moment.
However, some women aspirants are lucky as they have the advantage of the political background of their husbands. Several local politicians have also fielded their wives in the polls.
Punjab BJP secretary Jatinder Kalra's wife Arti Kalra is contesting from ward number 11, Congress' former Sangrur MC president Harbans Lal's wife is in the fray from ward number 7, SAD leader RS Dhillon's wife Jasbir Kaur is contesting from ward number 1, Congress leader Sanjay Gabha's wife Seema Gabha is contesting from ward number 13 and Youth Congress' block president Nathu Lal Dhingra's wife Prabha Dhingra is contesting from ward number 16.
While the SAD and the Congress have fielded their women candidates from reserved seats, BJP is taking a lead and has fielded six women candidates from 13 municipal committee wards, the party has been given in the seat-sharing.
The party's working committee member advocate Lalit Garg said, "Women have equal share in thevote bank, we have fielded 6 women candidates, including 5 from open wards, as in the last election, we had only four winners and all were women."