MUSHALPUR, April 5 � At a time when the 33% women reservation bill has been stagnating in the Parliament for years due to lack of goodwill of political parties, a similar picture of denial of women candidates is reflected in the list of candidature of all the parties at the time of election to local bodies alike. There is no exception to this trend in the list of candidates of the national as well as regional parties who have filed nomination for BTC polls in Baksa district.
Altogether, 106 candidates filed their nominations in Baksa district but the most pitiable picture is there is only a single woman candidate. Arati Borodoloi, an Independent candidate, filed her nomination for No 25 Baganpara BTCLAC. This reflects the culture of gender discrimination present in all the parties, whether regional or national, who keep on harping on equal rights for women.
In her speech, BJP-turned-former BPF leader, Malati Rani Narzary said at the BJP�s Parivartan Samaroh held at Garamdeu in Baksa that there is a lot of gender discrimination in the BPF and women politicians are not given equal honour in the party. But the same allegation is applicable to all the parties including the BJP in Baksa. It will be remarkable to see how the women voters react to the gender bias of the political parties.