Kerala Congress and and Muslim League have not given a single seat to women

Kerala women activists slam political parties for poor representation in candidate lists
news Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 09:08

Women activists in Kerala have signed a joined statement slamming major political parties for inadequate representation of women in their candidate list in coming assembly elections.

Sugathakumari, Sarah Joseph, Khadeeja Mumtaz, K Ajitha and Geetha Nazeer are among the prominent women who signed the statement.

According to The Times of India the statement criticised UDF for giving just 8 seats to women candidates. All of them were from the Congress, UDF constituents Kerala Congress and and Muslim League have not given a single seat to women. The statement also says that among this 8 seats only two are seats which are politically strong.

Since Congress is a party that has promised many pro-women schemes and is also led by a woman, this stand is unacceptable, the statement said. The statement has also criticised LDF, stating that though they fielded 17 woman candidate, they have failed to keep the promise of fielding a woman candidate from every district.

“If the LDF is committed to end gender discrimination, it should have given at least 30% seats to women. Among the women candidates, the CPM has 12, CPI 4 and Janata Dal (S) 1,” the statement said as per ToI report.

“Though the BJP has fielded seven women candidates, most of them are in seats where the winning prospects are much less,” it added. The statement also stated that patriarchal mentality of political parties is disappointing.

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