New Delhi: There are six women who have managed to secure a place in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and all of them belong to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). They are Rakhi Birla, Bandna Kumari, Saritha Singh, Alka Lambha, Pramila Tokas and Bhavna Gaur.
Former Women and Child Welfare minister Rakhi Birla won from Mangolpuri constituency in West Delhi defeating Congress’s veteran leader Raj Kumar Chauhan by 22,699 votes.
AAP’s Bandana Kumari was re-elected from Shalimar Bagh. She defeated BJP’s Rekha Gupta by 10,978 votes.
Former NSUI leader Alka Lamba won from Chandni Chowk defeating her nearest rival BJP’s Suman Kumar Gupta by more than 18,000 votes. She left the Congress and joined AAP in 2013 as a volunteer.
AAP’s student wing president Sarita Singh won from the Rohtash Nagar Assembly constituency with a margin of 7,874 votes.
Bhavna Gaur, who contested from Palam, defeated BJP’s Dhram Dev Solanki by 30, 849 votes.
Another AAP leader who has emerged victorious is Parmila Tokas. She contested from RK Puram, where the party had pitted Shazia Ilmi in the 2013 elections.
While women safety, which is a key concern in the national capital, featured widely in various parties’ poll manifestos, when it came to fielding women candidates, they did not give them much importance.
A total of 19 women candidates were fielded by three major political parties in the contest- BJP, Congress and AAP in the election.
All the six women candidates of AAP emerged victorius. The least number of women candidates was fielded by the Congress which had given tickets to just five.