With Cong fielding 11 women, SAD nine and BJP two, the parties fall far short of the 33 per cent quota
Jangveer Singh, Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 14. Women as candidates in their own right is still a far cry in Punjab with both the Congress and the SAD allotting seats to women relatives of senior leaders to fill the ‘women quota’ in the coming elections.
The main parties-SAD, Congress and BJP-have all fallen far short of the much-talked-of 33 per cent quota for women.
The Congress has fielded 11 women, the SAD nine and the BJP two. From the BJP, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Amritsar MP Navjot Sidhu, is a candidate for Amritsar East while Vijay Luxmi Bhadu is a nominee for Abohar seat.
All women Congress nominees, except for Youth Congress’ Satkar Kaur from Ferozepur Rural (reserved), are kith and kin of senior leaders. Among them are Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa’s wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa from Qadian and Jalandhar MP Mohinder Kaypee’s wife Suman from Jalandhar West; Karan Kaur Brar, daughter-in-law of former CM Harcharan Singh Brar from Muktsar, Harbans Kaur Dullo, wife of former PCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo from Bassi Pathana, Gurpreet Kaur Dhaliwal, daughter-in-law of MLA Sher Singh Gagowal ,and Guriqbal Kaur, widow of former legislator Parkash Singh.
Sangrur district is well represented by the Congress with three women legislators being renominated- Razia Sultana from Malerkotla, wife of senior police officer Mohammad Mustafa, Congress Legislature Party Leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal from Lehragaga and Harchand Kaur from Mehal Kalan (reserved).
The SAD has fielded three women candidates in Patiala district and none from Majha. The six new SAD women candidates are all relatives of senior leaders. Kuldeep Kaur Tohra from Patiala Rural is the daughter of the late Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Harpreet Kaur from Ghanaur is the wife of former minister Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur from Ghanaur, Varinder Kaur Loomba, daughter of a former MLA from Shutrana, Satinder Kaur, widow of former MLA Jatinder Singh Kariha from Nawanshahr, Rajwinder Kaur, daughter of former MLA Jora Singh from Nihalsinghwala (reserved) and Jagmeet Kaur Sandhu, daughter-in-law of former minister Satwant Kaur Sandhu from Chamkaur Sahib.
Among the established women leaders in the SAD Finance minister Upinderjit Kaur (Sultanpur Lodhi), who is the daughter of former minister Atma Singh, sitting legislator Mohinder Kaur Josh (Sham Chaurasi), daughter of former MLA Arjan Singh Josh, and former SGPC president Jagir Kaur, daughter-in-law of former MLA Bawa Harnam Singh, have been allotted the ticket.
It’s widow versus widow in Nawanshahr, even as the wives of two cops – one serving and the other retired- slog it out in Malerkotla.