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Seven women contesting elections in Karnataka

March 30, 2014 - Bangalore

  • Seven women candidates are contesting the coming Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka out of 28 Lok Sabha seats. The number of women contestants is a steep drop from 19 in 2009.
  • Among the seven candidates, BJP is fielding just one women candidate, while Congress is fielding three.
  • Three women candidates are from the glamour world, two are political workers and the other two are social workers.
  • Sitting Congress MP from Mandya, Ramya is a film-star turned politician. She is contesting against JDS candidate CS Puttaraj. Ramya won the byelection in 2013.
  • Shobha Karandije is a former BJP minister and is contesting from Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency. It was a tough task for Shobha to get a ticket and has the backing of former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.
  • Danseuse Nandini Alva is the wife of late former minister Jeevaraj Alva. She is contesting on JDS ticket from Bangalore Central.
  • Lakshmi R Hebbalkar is a Congress candidate and is contesting from Belgaum, which is a strong segment for BJP.
  • Dalit activist Ruth Manorama is a JDS candidate and child's rights activists Nina Nayak frm the Aam Aadmi Party and are contesting from Bangalore South segment.
  • Aam Aadmi Party in Karnataka said that they have received very few applications from women to contest the elections next month.
  • Karnataka never had more than 3 Lok Sabha Women MPs. It was in 1991 that 3 women candidates were elected to the Lok Sabha from Karnataka when 15 women candidates contested in the State.

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