Husbands walk the talk for their wives
Contesting election as a “proxy” candidate seems to have become a trend, especially after the provision of 33% reservation for women candidates came into force. The coming election of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is no different.Updated: May 05, 2011 00:38 IST
Contesting election as a “proxy” candidate seems to have become a trend, especially after the provision of 33% reservation for women candidates came into force. The coming election of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is no different.
If you move around the city, you will find an array of hoardings and posters of women candidates who are said to have been fielded as a proxy and cannot even campaign without support from their husbands.
Posters of many such candidates even mention the telephone numbers of their husbands. In some cases, the woman candidate’s personal phone is answered by her husband.
For a proxy candidate, coordination and campaigning is managed by a male family member, who couldn't contest in the election because the ward is “reserved” for women.
When contacted, a candidate from ward 33 told HT to consult her husband for any information.
“Please contact my husband regarding my agenda, photographs or any information related to my background. He has the laptop and so he can give you all the information,” said the candidate.
In some instances, female candidates are fielded to garner women votes. When asked for the phone number from a female candidate from ward 4, her nephew replied: “I can provide with all the information.”
A woman candidate while filing nominations from ward number 6 didn’t know which papers were to be signed.
Her husband was guiding her through the entire process at the Mini Secretariat on Monday.
The trend is much prevalent in rural areas which include Basai Village, Sarhaul Village, Sarawati Enclave, Sikanderpur Ghosi, and Ghata Village.
While some are informed about the procedure by their family members, some were not even aware of where to stand at the time of filing nominations.