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.