29 women candidates in fray in Maharashtra
A total of 29 women candidates would test their political mettle during the ensuing forthcoming elections to be held in two phases in Maharashtra as against the 17 such candidates during the 1999 elections.
The national parties this time have fielded nine female candidates, according to state election office. The female contestants from the national parties include, Jaywanti Mehta from BJP from Mumbai south and Nivedita Sambhajirao from NCP from Icchalkaranji.
Regional parties have put up two female candidates while the registered unrecognised parties have put up five female contestants, who would try to test their might at the ballot.
Thirteen females have decided to contest the elections as independent candidates to test the political waters.
All together 111 male candidates from national parties had filed their nominations while 20 male contestants from state parties would test their fate.
Hundred and thirty eight males have decided to contest the elections as independents this time.
The total number of candidates left in the fray after withdrawal of nomination and rejection of papers was 412.