Berhampur, March 16 (Localwire): Women voters are set decide the fate of candidates in Kandhamal’s three reserved assembly seats, as their numbers are more than men.
According to an updated draft electoral roll of the district, women far outnumber men with 271,909 and 257,856 voters respectively. Rest 55 voters belong to third gender.
Phulbani, Baliguda and G. Udayagiri assembly seats are reserved for Schedule Tribes.
While in Phulbani, there’re 94,181 female voters and 90,450 male voters, Baliguda has 78,439 female and 73,545 male and G. Udayagiri 99,289 female and 93,825 male voters.
This skewed gender gap in voting in these three crucial seats has apparently prompted political parties, including BJD, BJP and Congress, to woo women voters for a victory.
Phulbani and Baliguda seats are held by the ruling BJD, G. Udayagiri is held by Congress.
The Kandhamal parliamentary seat, though, is held by BJD’s Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh.
These assembly and parliamentary segments have also seen more women, cutting across party lines, applying for tickets, including Kandhamal’s MP Pratyusha Singh.
“I am interested to contest again but it will depend on the party chief,” said Singh.
Singh, a scion of Nayagarh royal family, was elected to Lok Sabha in a by-election in October 2014 after the seat fell vacant in the aftermath of her husband Hemendra Chandra Singh’s death.