MAHARASHTRA BJP spokesperson Shaina N C on Thursday said she was “upset and appalled” as most of the leading political parties, including her own, have not given enough representation to women in the Lok Sabha elections. Praising West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for giving 41 and 33 per cent to women candidates respectively, she said all other parties need to “wake up” as they only pay “lip service” to women’s causes. Of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, only 13 women fielded by prominent parties are in the fray. In a statement issued here, Shaina said, “Ability requires opportunity.
Talent needs to be showcased.” “Leadership across the board need to give more women politicians a chance for us to prove our electoral competence. All parties need to wake up,” she said.
The BJP has fielded seven women candidates this time, Congress three, NCP and Shiv Sena one each. Independent MLA Ravi Rana’s wife, Navneet, is contesting from Amravati as an ally of NCP. Similarly, Bharati Pawar (Dindori) is the daughter-in-law of NCP leader late A T Pawar, Poonam Mahajan (Mumbai North Central) is daughter of BJP leader late Pramod Mahajan, Pritam Munde (Beed) is daughter of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde and Kanchan Kul (Baramati) is the wife of RSP MLA Rahul Kul. MLC Smita Wagh is BJP’s candidate from Jalgaon.