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India's major parties field few women in race to parliament

India's major parties field few women in race to parliament
Thursday 18
10:30 2019

Women running for India's parliament are barely a blip in the world's biggest democratic exercise, which began last week and will play out in seven rounds, with results expected on May 23. Candidate lists show that women now make up just 11.8 percent of the total candidates nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 12.8 percent of the total candidates nominated by the main opposition Congress. In a country led for years by a woman, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, both major parties have long pledged to back laws that aim to reserve a third of ...

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Summary: That low figure has prompted criticism that the major parties again missed a chance to redress the gender imbalance.

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