Guwahati: The recent election of Vice President Kamala Harris has ignited the aspirations of countless women in politics globally. However, in India, women remain an inequitable feat. While reservation and active efforts to increase diversity have improved women’s participation in politics, much of the day-to-day functioning of Indian politics, even grassroots governance, remains a man’s game. In Assam Assembly election, only 5.71% women among 72 candidates are announced by the BJP. Out of 72, there are only four women candidates in fray.
Angoorlata Deka from Batadrava, Ajanta Neog from Golaghat, Surabhi Rajkonwar from Sivasagar and Nandita garlosa from Halflong are in fray in the state assembly polls.
On the other hand, the Assam Congress has fared better in regards to the number of women candidates. There are a total of six women candidates in the Congress party for the first phase of the assembly elections.
The women candidates are: Sibamoni Bora from Batadrava, Roseline Tirkey from Sarupathar, Bismita Gogoi from Khumtai, Pallab Gogoi from Teok, Angkita Dutta from Amguri and Pranatee Phukan from Naharkatia.
It may be mentioned here that the state assembly election in 2016 saw only 8.6% women candidates in fray where, the then-ruling, Congress had fielded 16 women candidates including 12 sitting MLAs. And the Bharatiya Janata Party gave tickets to six female candidates.
Much of the absence of women in political leadership stems from gender gaps in overall political participation. While female voter turnout has equalized that of men in the recent past – and even surpassed it in some states – women’s political involvement in non-electoral activities still lags behind.
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