Major political parties in Telangana that seemingly support the Women’s Reservation Bill, gave a raw deal to women in allotment of assembly seats for the upcoming December 7 polls. Telangana has 119 Assembly seats.
The Congress, which issued B-form to 100 candidates, gave only 11 tickets to women (11 per cent) while the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti offered just four seats (four per cent) as against six during the 2014 polls.
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When asked about distribution of tickets to women, Congress’s Khushbu Sundar told “We may not have given 33 per cent seats to women. But we gave 11 seats whereas TRS gave just four. We made a beginning.”
Justifying the stance towards women candidates, Congress party’s star campaigner Khushbu Sundar said her party was the first to introduce the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Parliament and the ruling NDA government has no will to get it cleared from Lok Sabha.
The Bill, which paves way for 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies, was passed in Rajya Sabha in 2010.
Former ministers J Geetha Reddy, DK Aruna, Sunitha Laxma Reddy and Sabitha Indra Reddy are among the women candidates contesting the polls.