Only 5.71 percent women among 72 candidates announced by the BJP thus far for the Assam Assembly elections has depicted the saffron party’s patriarchal mind-set.
Among the 72 candidates announced by the BJP thus far, there are only 4 women candidates.
They are: Angoorlata Deka from Batadrawa, Ajanta Neog from Golaghat, Surabhi Rajkonwar from Sibsagar and Nandita Garlosa from Haflong.
These four women candidates amount to just 5.71 percent of the total candidates announced thus far by the BJP.
With such low numbers of women candidates of the BJP, many are of the view that it portrays the “north-Indian patriarchal mind-set” of the saffron party.
On the other hand, the Assam Congress has fared better thus far in regards to the number of women candidates.
In the first list of 40 candidates announced by the Congress party for the first phase of the Assam Assembly elections, there are a total of 6 women candidates.
The 6 Congress women candidates are: Sibamoni Bora from Batadrawa, Roseline Tirkey from Sarupathar, Bismita Gogoi from Khumtai, Pallabi Gogoi from Teok, Angkita Dutta from Amguri and Pranatee Phukan from Naharkatia.
These 6 Congresswomen amount to 15 percent of the total 40 candidates announced by the grand-old party for the first phase of the Assam Assembly elections.
Notably, the BJP has already announced its candidates for 72 of the 92 seats that they are contesting, with candidates for just 20 more to be announced.
On the other hand, the Congress has announced candidates for just 40 seats, with names for another 59 seats that it is likely to contest yet to be announced.
With all permutations and combinations put in place, it is highly unlikely that the BJP would be able to improve its women candidates’ percentage, especially with candidates for just 20 more seats to be announced.
In fact, the BJP’s women candidates’ percentage is likely to degrade further.
On the other hand, with candidates for another 59 seats yet to be announce, the Congress party is expected to improve its women candidates’ percentage.