Berhampur, March 20 (Localwire): Several women Congress leaders have expressed disappointment over the absence of female names from the list of party candidates in Ganjam and Gajapati districts for the first phase of polling on April 11.
While there was no woman candidate on Congress list in first phase, the ruling BJD, though, has fielded six women from the two districts.
So far, Congress has declared candidates for 11 out of 15 assembly seats in the districts, and left Aska parliamentary and Chhatrapur assembly seats to CPI.
“It’s unfortunate that not to a single woman has made it to the list,” said Ganjam district Congress committee president Trinath Behera.
BJD, on other hand, has field six women candidates in the first phase.
In 2014 elections, four women candidates from BJD had emerged victorious from the districts.
Two of them have been re-nominated this time.
“It shows other political parties are giving a raw deal to women. But our leader has declared a 33% reservation for women in the assembly,” said BJD’s women-wing VP Mamata Bisoi.