Women’s representation in Lok Sabha polls: On election in Tamil Nadu’s abysmal numbers leave much to be desired

The only Indian state with a female Gross Enrolment Ratio at the college level of around 41 per cent. It is nearly double that of its closest contender, has under eight women running for the 17th Lok Sabha. It currently has 10 per cent women in the 16th Lok Sabha. Hence a statistic that is now impossible to achieve at the hustings on 18 April.

The DMK-Congress alliance fielded just three women. In that two from the DMK, one is Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, running from the charged Thoothukudi constituency. Then the other, Thamizhachi Thangapandian contesting from the rich, urban Chennai South seat. The Congress fields Jothimani Sennimalai, former national general secretary of the Youth Congress, from Karur.

The rebel TTV Dinakaran-led, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam has two women running. Charubala Thondiaman, former Mayor of Tiruchirapalli and a well-known politician in that Parliamentary seat. Then the other as Ponnuthayi, former union chairman of Rajapalayam, fights the Tenkasi (SC) seat.

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