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Women reprsentation in Tripura dismal

Representation for women have been poor in the state as only 17 candidates of the total 234 candidates in fray are women.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2003 13:18 IST

Representation for women in the state have been dismal even as the respective parties pay regular lip service for 33 per cent reservation for women. Of the 234 candidates in fray from the state only 17 are women.

The candidates are Kalyani Dey (Mitra), CPI(M) Barjala), Laxmi Nag Burman, (Congress, Khayerpur), Kartik Kanya Debbarma, (NCP, Takarjala), Tutan Chakraborty (Bhowmik), (JD (U), Sionamura), Pratima Bhoumik (BJP, Dhanpur), Mira Das (Congress, Salgarah), Kanak Prabha Das (Independent Salgrah) Sefali Choudhury (Independent Radhakishorepur), Bijoy Laxmi Sinha (CPM, Kamalpur).

Basanti Singh (Trinamool Congress Kamalpur), Swapna Das (Congress, Pabiacherra), Sima Paul Choudhury (Congress, Dharmanagar), Bibha Rani Nath (Congress, Jubarajnagar) and Baijainti Koloy (CPI(M), Takarjala, Putul Das (Amara Bangali Nalchar) and Papri Halder (Lok Janashakti, Town Bardowali) and Nirupama Chakma (Congress, Penchartal. In the 1998 Assembly election, CPI(M) fielded six candidates (including Bijay Lakshmi Sinha elected in by-poll and the percentage of representation being ten percent, though only three managed to win a seat.

On the other hand Congress fielded just three candidates with five percent representation. However all lost their seats. This time, CPI(M) dropped four women candidates, Urmila Biswa, Krishna Rakshit and Sandhya Rani Debbarma, who contested last elections and included a new face Kalyani Dey (Mitra). CPI(M) decided to reserve the Takarjala seat as it was represented mainly by women and Kartik Debbarma won the seat in 1993 and became the social Welfare Minister, although for a short tire.

On the other hand, Bijoy Lakshmi Sinha, the widow of late Bimal Sinha was given nomination for she represents Bishnupriya Manipuri commmunity, a sizeable population in the State. Congress on the other hand increased their percentage of representation from five to 14.25 this time. In the last Assembly polls, BJP fielded seven women candidates but cut down the representation to one this time. In the 1998 Assembly elections there were 16 candidates for seventeen candidates.

First Published: Feb 19, 2003 18:58 IST