Gagan K Teja, Tribune News Service
Patiala, January 2. With main political parties of Punjab – SAD and Congress – all set to increase the number of women candidates in the ensuing assembly elections, women-centric issues are expected to dominate the campaign in the assembly segments from where women candidates would be trying their luck. Akali Dal has fielding three women candidates in Patiala district, the maximum from the royal city in the past five decades.
Akali leaders said the SAD would be announcing more women candidates in the next list to be announced shortly.
Though, Congress is yet to announce the names of candidates, but Punjab Mahila Congress president Malti Thapar said that she was rigorously pursuing the party high command in New Delhi that at least one woman candidate from each district of the state should be given Congress ticket.
Meanwhile, the women Akali candidates – Kuldeep Kaur Tohra from Patiala (Rural), Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur from Ghanaur and Vaninder Kaur Loomba from Shutrana (SC), are mainly focusing their election campaign on women-centric issues. While canvassing, all the three candidates are listening patiently to women about problems being faced by them.
“Being a woman, it is easier to understand the problems of the women. Though development is our main agenda throughout the state, but I will certainly work for the uplift of women in society”, said Kuldeep on the sidelines of an election meeting in Patiala (Rural) segment.
Expressing similar views, Harpreet Kaur was assuring people of Ghanaur assembly that if elected, she would work for the uplift of women besides taking pains to ensure all-round development of the areas in the constituency.
Vaninder Kaur Loomba said that she was inspired by the work done by Akali MP Harsimrat Kaur against the social evil of female foeticide and would try to follow in her footsteps.