In nine assembly seats in Agra district, half the population has a share of less than 10 per cent. Out of 107 candidates, 10 women are contesting the elections. BJP and Congress have two each while SP-RLD alliance and BSP have reposed faith in one woman each. Apart from these, women candidates have filed independent nominations. While two women have got the support of smaller parties. There are more than 15.81 lakh women voters in nine assembly seats. Polling for all the seats is to be held on February 10.
The Congress, which raised the slogan of ‘Ladki Hoon Lad Sakti Hoon’, had promised to give 40 per cent seats to women. Two out of nine seats have been given to women. That is, 22 percent. Congress has fielded Manoj Dixit from Bah assembly seat and Shivani Devi from Etmadpur.
The BJP has also fielded two women candidates. Former Governor Baby Rani Maurya from Rural seat and Rani Pakshalika Singh, daughter-in-law of Bhadawar Gharana, are candidates from Bah assembly constituency. In Agra Rural seat itself, BSP has bet on Kiran Prabha Kesari.
SP has fielded Rupali Dikshit from Fatehabad seat. Apart from these, women candidates have filed independent nominations. While two women have got the support of smaller parties. In this way, out of 107 candidates, 10 women are making a mark this time in the election season.
No women in four seats
There is no woman candidate for four assembly seats in the district. The representation of half the population in Agra North, South, Kheragarh and Cantonment will also be in the hands of men. Among the political parties, only BJP and Congress have given tickets to two women each.
a woman never lived here
After the country’s independence from the Etmadpur assembly constituency, no woman could become an MLA. For 75 years, only men have been elected on this seat. In the 16 elections held on this seat, a woman has never won.