GUWAHATI: Believe it or not, a section of women aspiring for a political career are in the problem of plenty in Assam insofar as party tickets for the ensuing panchayat poll from major political parties is concerned.
Since the last panchayat poll, 50 per cent of seats are reserved for women candidates, and this has made the major political parties of the State to be in troubled waters. The problems before the parties are that women seldom come forward for political career. The few women who are influential at district or local levels are being approached by most of the political parties with panchayat poll tickets. Some of the women are indecisive of choosing the right parties as they are getting tickets from a number of parties.
The situation has worsened in the State with the emergence of more political parties. In the earlier panchayat polls, Assam had two major parties – the Congress and the AGP. The presence of the BJP was limited to certain pockets. However, now the BJP has spread throughout the State, leading to a hard-fought competition for women candidates for the rural poll.
This is not the only problem for political parties who are set to fight the panchayat election in the State. The criterion for educational qualifications for candidates under the Panchayati Raj Institution in the State has also created a newer problem, especially for women candidates. Most of the parties are having a harrowing time to get qualified candidates, especially women. The scarcity of women candidates for the panchayat poll is very acute in the saar areas and also those areas dominated by religious minorities in the State. In such places, even male candidates holding the requisite qualification is a problem.
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