Low is high in Haryana!

April 23rd, 2009 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Chandigarh, April 23 (IANS) Having only 14 women from among 210 candidates in the fray for the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana may be a low for many. But for the state, which has one of the worst sex ratios in the country (over 800 females for every 1,000 males), this is actually a high!
The 14 women contestants this time for the general elections is the highest number of candidates from the fair sex in the fray ever since Haryana was carved out based on linguistic homogenity Nov 1, 1966.

In the first general election in which the state participated in 1967, there was only one woman candidate among the 67 total contestants.

In the 1971 general election, there was not even a single woman candidate in the fray, election department officials said.

In the 1989 polls, the state saw the highest number of contesting candidates at 324 but the number of women among them was only three.

In the outgoing Lok Sabha, there was only one woman member of parliament - union Minister of State for Poverty Alleviation Selja. She is the sole woman candidate on the Ambala (reserved) Lok Sabha seat on a Congress ticket.

In the 2004 polls, only eight women contestants were in the fray.

The earlier high of women contestants was in 1984 — among 200 contestants, women in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections were only 10.

The newly re-worked Bhiwani-Mahendragarh Lok Sabha seat has the highest number of women contestants - three.

For the 10 seats in the state, the Congress has fielded two women candidates this time while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has only one. The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded none.

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