Only six women legislators make entry into Punjab Assembly

Only six of the total 81 women candidates were able to win in the 117-seat Punjab Assembly polls.

Published: 11th March 2017 10:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th March 2017 10:09 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Only six of the total 81 women candidates could able to win in the 117-seat Punjab Assembly polls. 

In 2012 polls, 14 women candidates were able to win out of 93.

Three women each from Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) returned home victorious today.

Among the lucky ones are Rupinder Kaur Ruby (Bathinda rural), Sarvjit Kaur (Jagraon) and Prof Baljinder Kaur (Talwandi Sabo) all from AAP and Aruna Chaudhary (Dinanagar), Satkar Kaur (Ferozepur rural) and Razia Sultana (Malerkotla) all from Congress.

Yet, from eight women candidates in 1967, when the first election after reorganisation of Punjab was held, to 93 in the 2012 polls, the state seemed to have come a long way.

Congress today routed SAD-BJP alliance in the polls by ending ten year regime of Badal family.

The biggest margin among women was of Arun Chaudhary of Congress - 31,917 votes and the lowest was of AAP's Rupinder Kaur Ruby - 10,778 votes.

A transgender candidate Mumtaz of BSP from Buchho Mandi in Bathinda district polled 1,137 votes and lost. 

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