A total of 27 Women out of 210 Candidates in Delhi Assembly Elections! This is the statistics of women candidates in India’s capital.
In the hot political season of Delhi, the major parties jumping into the race have released their candidate list of the Delhi Assembly Election 2020. Among others, the three leading political parties, namely Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress’s catalogue is somewhat foreseeably disappointing.
Where Indian National Congress fielded candidates for 67 seats amongst which 9 are women, and Aam Aadmi Party announced 10 women candidates for 70 assembly constituencies. The BJP, on the other hand, has subjugated the list on the worst ratio of men women at 8 out of 67 seats.
Which means, out of 210 candidates from the top three leading parties, only 27 women candidates have been put up to stand in the election. So, out of the total 958 candidates accepted by the Election Commission, 75 are women and this entails to around 7.8% of women’s inclusion in the upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections 2020. And as the election is nearing, the question of women’s existence in politics becomes even more pertinent.
Is it the “Co-gender voting” which results into such polarity in the ratio? But as per a survey conducted by a leading news portal, no evidence of co-gender voting has been found in 2009 as well as 2014 elections, though the survey has been restricted to constituencies where only one majority party nominated a woman.
The fact is quite evident in one of the data by Lokniti – CSDS, ECI in 2009, where 14% of men voted for female candidates as well as 14% women voters voted for female candidates only. Even in 2014, where 15% of men voted for a female candidate, 16% of women voted for female candidates.
Though there are other factors which are taken into consideration, such as religion and caste but getting back to gender bias amongst the voters, there is not much to hold voters accountable for.
The majority of the reason behind the disparity remains with the political parties who restricts themselves to enhance women’s representations in the Legislatures and Parliament.
In their poll manifestos where they talk about women’s safety, education and working against female infanticides, the ambiguous nature of the same reflects on the number of nominations given to women.
To combat this imbalanced discrepancy, scholars suggest increasing the number of women who run for office, which can lead to intensifying the amount of candidature being offered to women. As of now, with the current number of women, the idea of even a 33% reservation in the Parliament remains a discourse far removed from reality.
Here is a complete list of women candidates from all the parties in 2020 Delhi Assembly Elections:
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)
Indian National Congress (INC)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
|New Delhi||Meena Suryawanshi (Republican Party of India, Athawale), Aditi Sharma (Hindustani Awam Morcha, Secular)|
|Shalimar Bagh||Rekha Gupta||Bandana Kumari||Vandana, Shehnaz|
|Nangloi Jaat||Sumanlata Shokeen||Saroj Bala (People’s Party of India, Democratic)|
|Ballimaran||Lata Sodhi||Hansa (People’s Party of India, Democratic)|
|Greater Kailash||Shikha Roy||Shobha Dhar (Proutist Bloc, India)|
|Trilokpuri||Kiran||Kavita Rani Singh|
|Rajinder Nagar||Mamta Singh||Alka Chadha||Shashi Raj (Bhartiya Samajik Nyay Party)|
|Sangam Vihar||Poonam Azad||Maya Seema Pandit|
|Palam||Seema Pandit||Bhavna Gaur||Geeta (Bahujan Samaj Party)|
|Chandni Chowk||Alka Lamba|
|Model Town||Akanksha Ola|
|RK Puram||Priyanka Singh||Pramila Tokas|
|Babarpur||Anveeksha Jain||Shivani Gaur|
|Malviya Nagar||Neetu Verma Soin|
|Kalkaji||Shivani Chopra||Atishi||Dr. Suman Yadav (Parivartan Samaj Party)|
|Timarpur||Amar Lata Sangwan||Kavita (Bhartiya Party of India, Athawale), Amita Malik (Akhil Bhartiya Jan Shakti Party)|
|Rohtas Nagar||Sarita Singh|
|Mangol Puri||Rakhi Birla|
|Hari Nagar||Raj Kumari Dhillion||Santosh|
|Tri Nagar||Preeti Tomar||Aruna (Bahujan Samaj Party)|
|Rajouri Garden||Dhanwati Chandela|
|Sultanpur Majra||Gayatri||Bharti (Rashtravadi Janata Party), Neelam (Bahujan Samaj Party)|
|Ghonda||Reema (Rashtravadi Janata Party), Avni Dhilwal (Nyay Party)|
|Tughlakabad||Anita Kumari, Rekha Singh|
|Vishwas Nagar||Neesha||Sadhna (Jindabad Kranti Party)|
|Narela||Aditi||Rajbala Saini (Loktantra Suraksha Party)|
|Mustafabad||Shama Parveen||Poonam (Nyay Party)|
|Shahdara||Ranjana Munesh Chauhan (Bhartiya Samajik Nyay Party), Vimla (Sabse Badi Party), Indu (Bahujan Samaj Party),|
|Kasturba Nagar||Suman Lata Katiyar (Aam Janta Party, India)|
|Vikaspuri||Sharda Dixit (Socialist Unity Centre of India, Communist)|
|Chhatarpur||Sangeeta Singh (Rashtriya Rashtrawadi Party), Seema Verma (Indian Praja Congress)|
|Bijwasan||Neetu Yadav (Ambedkar National Congress), Manju Yadav (Swaraj India)|
|Matiala||Sandhya Singh (Janadhar National Party)|
|Bawana||Abhipsa Chauhan (CPI)|
|Karawal Nagar||Sunita N Kumar (People’s Party of India, Democratic)|
|Madipur||Poonam (Lok Jan Shakti Party)|
|Laxmi Nagar||Anima Ojha (Right to Recall Party)|