Despite the fact that winnablity factor does not allow parties to show much faith in women when it comes to fielding them in election, all six women candidates fielded by the Congress and the BJP in the Madhya Pradesh have just dismissed this apprehension of their parties by coming victorious wherever they stood.
In the current elections, the BJP had fielded four women candidates, while the Congress two.
The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwai Party did not field any women candidate for the state’s 29 Lok Sabha seats.
While high profile BJP candidates like former union minister Sushma Swaraj, Yashodhara Raje Scindia and six-time MP Sumitra Mahajan won fron Vidisha, Gwalior and Indore respectively, little known Jyoti Dhurve of the safforn party defeated Ojharam Ivne of Congress in Betul.
Swaraj won the polls with a margin of over 300,000 votes which is the highest in the state.
Congress candidate Rahesh Nandini Singh defeated BJP stalwart Narendra Maravi from Shahdol and Meenakshi Natrajan proved to be a giant killer defeating BJP veteran Laxmi Narayan Pandey, a six-time MP, from Mandsaur.
A senior Congress leader said that the names of some other women candidates were also in the list of panels but they failed to get party symbol when it came to winnability factor.
“Apart from representation, any party will also look to the winning potential of the candidate and this is the reason why members of fair sex are left behind,” he said.
According to a political analyst, the fact all six women candidates won with comfortable margins could be an eye-opener for the parties in Madhya Pradesh who have always let down women when it comes to ticket distribution.