Kerala assembly to have 8 women MLAs; no women in Oppn
The 140-member Kerala Assembly will have just 8 women MLAs, three of them debutants, all representing the Left Democratic Front that returned to power with a massive majority in the state.Kerala 2016 Updated: May 20, 2016 14:25 IST
The 140-member Kerala Assembly will have just 8 women MLAs, three of them debutants, all representing the Left Democratic Front that returned to power with a massive majority in the state.
The UDF, on the other hand, has no woman representative after the lone woman MLA and minister in the previous government, P K Jayalakshmi, failed to make it to the state assembly this time. She was defeated by CPI(M)’s U R Kelu in Mananthawady constituency by 1,307 votes.
Of a total of 109 women candidates who tried their luck in the May 16 polls, only Aisha Potti, K K Shylaja, Mercykutty Amma, Veena George and U Prathibha Hari of CPI(M), and E S Bijimol, Geetha Gopi and C K Asha of CPI succeeded.
Of them, Aisha Potti, who won with a majority of 42,632 votes from Pathanapuram, Bijimol, who won from Peerumade and Geetha, who retained Nattika segment, are sitting MLAs.
Journalist Veena George, who defeated sitting Congress MLA K Sivadasan Nair in Aranmula, Alappuzha former district panchayat president U Prathibha Hari and C K Asha, who represents Vaikom, are debutants in the assembly.
In the last state assembly, there was one woman member in the ruling side and six women members in the opposition.
First Published: May 20, 2016 00:00 IST