Delhi polls 2020: women's netas get unfair business from all parties


The more things change, the more they stay the same! It is once again an unfair business for female politicians in Delhi. Of the 672 nominees who took part in a total of 70 seats in the February 8 elections, only 79 (or 11.75%) are women. The three big parties – AAP, BJP and Congress – didn't do better. They gave 24 women tickets. The proportion is only 11.42%.

The relationship is odd in a city ruled by Sheila Dikshit for 15 consecutive years until AAP came to power in 2013. BJP's Sushma Swaraj was also Prime Minister of Delhi for a short time.

The situation has improved only slightly since the last elections in Delhi in 2015. At that time all parties had put up 66 women. The ratio was 10%. The three big ones had given tickets for 19 or 9%. No wonder that the 70-member assembly in Delhi consists of only six women.

This corresponds to only 8%, although 45% of the population of the National Capital are female. In addition, 824 of the 1,000 voters in Delhi are women. Mail Today spoke to several women politicians who agreed that women are not fairly represented.

AAP a little better

Atishi, the Kalkaji AAP candidate, said: "Well, women are synonymous with victims. In everyday life we ​​see women giving up their careers, studies and jobs just to look after their families. Politics are all the more it’s more time consuming and it’s inevitable that we’ll see fewer female candidates. ”

We hired more candidates in the Delhi 2020 Assembly elections.

– Manish Sisodia, AAP

"However, time is changing. With education and youth participation, we expect more women to come into politics," she said. AAP selected nine women, compared to six in 2015. In the 2013 surveys, three women won with AAP tickets.

"This time we hired more women," said AAP chief Manish Sisodia after the party's candidate list was released.

Women give up careers, studies and jobs to look after families. The policy is more demanding. It is inevitable that we will see fewer female candidates. We expect more women to come into politics.

– Atishi, AAP

BJP number below

BJP's candidate for Greater Kailash, Shikha Rai, said stronger representation of women is needed to bring about change. "The numbers must go up, but the parties are also expected to give the candidates in question a chance," she said. BJP has given five women tickets. In 2015 the number was 8.

"The tickets were awarded based on the candidate's eligibility regardless of gender," said Manoj Tiwari, head of unit at BJP in Delhi.

Tickets were awarded based on the candidate's eligibility regardless of gender.

– Manoj Tiwari, BJP


Ten women were represented at the congress, five in 2015. Sharmistha Mukherjee, president of the Delhi Mahila Congress, acknowledged that family relationships are important for politics, but said the situation has improved over the years.

"The number of congresses has risen from 5 to 10, which is a positive sign. But it is essential to reserve women because it is otherwise difficult for women to enter politics," said Mukherjee, who contested the elections in the Kailash area in 2015, but lost. The head of the Delhi Congress, Subhash Chopra, also said the party advocated a 33% reservation against women.

"In the end, we're trying to get more women tickets," said Chopra, whose daughter Shivani competes on a Kalkaji convention ticket.

We advocate 33% reservation against women. In the end we try to get more women tickets.

– Subhash Chopra, Congress

The women's reservation law, which was first introduced in 1996 and grants women a 33 percent reservation rate in Lok Sabha and in state assemblies, is still pending due to a lack of consensus between most parties. Chandni Chowk legislator Alka Lamba, who moved from AAP to Congress, said women are very prejudiced in politics.

"Even today, women are still being bullied, oppressed and murdered in politics. It's never been easy for us in this area, but it's never easy for women anywhere. We have to keep fighting," she said when she recently spoke to Mail Today ,

However, Akanksha Ola said of a Model Town congress ticket, "I think the scenario is changing and we are seeing more women get out of politics and make an impact."


There was no representative of Delhi women in the first eight Lok Sabhas since independence. Only one woman got an entry ticket in the 2019 elections – Meenakshi Lekhi from BJP is the only woman among the seven members of Delhi.


"Women have a better success rate than men for two reasons. Firstly, only a few women compete against each other, and secondly they are mostly" special "women (with a family background). Very few ordinary women compete against elections," said Sanjay Kumar from the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).

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