Chandigarh: On one hand there is a continuous debate of increasing women’s share in politics but in 2017 Punjab Vidhan Sabha Polls the share of women have witnessed a 60 per cent drop. The 2012, assembly elections saw 14 women candidates being elected with six each from Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and two from Bharatiya Janata Party.
However, in 2017, only six women candidates could make it to the assembly in a three cornered fierce contest. The figures itself gives a picture of how tough it gets in a largely male dominated field. Out of six elected members four are the first timers.
This time three women candidates from Congress and Aam Aadmi Party were able to defeat their male opponents that too with a big margin.
AAP’s candidate include Rupinder Kaur Rubby (Bathinda Rural), Prof Balwinder kaur (Talwandi sabo) and Sarvjit Kaur Manuke (Jagraon). Aruna Chaudhary (Dinanagar), Razia Sultana (Malerkotla) and Satkar Kaur (Ferozepur Rural) are the one from Congress.
The youngest one among them is AAP’s Rupinder Kaur Rubby who is 28-year-old and the oldest is 60-year- old Congress’s Aruna Chaudhary.
Chaudhary defeated the nearest rival BJP’s Bishan Dass by the highest margin of 31,917. AAP candidate Manuke defeated Malkit Singh Dakha of Congress by 25,576 votes.
All the AAP elected members are Post Graduate whereas those of Congress are Graduate, Class XI and X pass outs.
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