Not favoured in ticket allocation, women hold key in 10 seats in HP assembly poll

November 04, 2017 02:06 PM

Punjab News Express/Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: Electioneering in Himachal Pradesh is heading to a feverish pitch despite cold conditions notwithstanding. Though both the major political parties of the state—the BJP and the Congress—have failed to give the proposed 33 per cent representation to fair sex in ticket allocation for ensuing state assembly polls, yet  the electoral fate in around 10 assembly constituencies rest in the grip of women electorate of the hill state.

While the BJP has given ticket only to six women candidates, the ruling Congress has given tickets only three women in the political arena in the assembly polls. Though a number of women candidates have filed their nominations as independents but independent candidates fate has not been good in the past. The state is still far away in achieving the desired 33 per cent representation of fair sex in the state assembly.  Hamirpur is the only district where in all assembly segments have woman power to the fore.

According to State Election Department as many as six constituencies in the State have woman power to the fore. Of these, District Hamirpur has four constituencies while one each in districts Shimla and Lahaul-Spiti.  The district Hamripur has five assembly segments. Of these four constituencies are—Nadaun, Badsar, Sujanpur and Bhoranj have more female voters against male voters.

Nadaun of district Hamirpur has the highest number of female voters. In Nadaun, there are 42,869 female voters compared to 42,180 male voters.  In Badsar where Baldev Sharma (BJP) is pitted against I.D Lakhpal (Congress) has 40,612 women voters against 38,809 men voters.  

But among the four constituencies where woman power to the fore, big difference between female-male voters is recorded in Sujanpur assembly constituency. Notably, from where Prem Kumar Dhumal (BJP) and Rajinder Rana (Congress) testing their muscles. The women voters have outnumbered male voters by a difference of 2247. Sujanpur has 34,557 female and 32,310 male voters. Whereas Hamirpur assembly segment has 34,289 female voters and 33,935 male voters.

In five assembly segments of Hamirpur district, the total number of female voters is 1,90,616 against 1,83,055 male voters. Besides five assembly constituencies of Hamirpur,  Shimla and Lahaul-Spiti district also have a constituency each where female voters will have the key to decide the fate of candidates in the fray for state assembly.

In Jubbal & Kotkhai constituency in Shimla district, the number of female voters is 33,296 against 33,256 male voters and Lahaul-Spiti segment also has less number of male voters with 11447 female voters against 11402 male voters.

While there are six women dominated constituencies in the state. Only the Bhoranj seat is such, where Kamlesh Kumari of BJP would be in direct contest with Pramila Kumari of Congress. Keeping in consideration the high number of women voters in the state, the Election Commission of India, has arranged for 136 all women polling stations in the state, where the entire polling process would be managed by the women election staff and only women voters will be casting their votes in such polling stations.

In the final list of voters in Himachal Pradesh, Election Commission has confirmed that the hill State has a total of 49,88,367 voters. In which the number of male voters is 25,32,316 against 24,57,022 female voters and 29 third gender voters.

While talking to political experts in district Hamirpur told that provision of 33 per cent reservation for the fair sex in panchayats would bring more and more woman voters to booths. It is also largely responsible for the change in the attitude of women in political activities as in the recent past elections woman power was seen to the fore.

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