The number of women contestants in Lok Sabha Elections have increased from a single digit to 55 over the years. Women are proving that they are no less than men in any profession, including politics. Plus, it is quite evident that many women are willing to step into the public sphere with each passing year.
Let us know about some influential women who are contesting Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
1. Dr Shwetha Shetty
36-Year-old Hyderabad-based doctor and social activist Shwetha Shetty launched her own Indian National Women’s Party in Delhi on December 2018. Her aim is to bring 50 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha elections. And the symbol of this party is ‘folded hands’. As per reports, her Indian National level party has over 1.5 lakh members.
63-Year-old Lalthlamuani is the first woman candidate to contest from Mizoram in the history of Lok Sabha Elections. The lady has filed her nomination as an independent candidate from Scheduled Tribe and will be contesting against five male candidates. Lalthamuani, who has been running an NGO named ‘Chhinlung Israel People Convention (CIPC)’ since 1994, says that she feels lucky to be the first woman candidate from Mizoram to contest in parliamentary elections.
3. Hema Malini
On March 25, Hema Malini filed her name as the BJP candidate to re-contest from Mathura Lok Sabha constituency in Uttarpradesh. The actor-turned-politician further said she was not going to contest polls again, in order to give a chance to the younger generation. On, 31st March, she started off her campaigning by working at a wheat farm.
4. Smriti Irani
BJP leader Smriti Irani is all set to contest for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from Amethi constituency for the second time against Congress President Rahul Gandhi. In 2014, she was defeated by Rahul Gandhi, however, she has not lost her grit and determination and is ready to challenge him in the upcoming elections.
It is indeed great to see women taking up such roles of responsibility in a male-dominated area.