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They outnumber men in three Assembly constituencies

Narasimharaja, Krishnaraja and T. Narsipur have more women voters

Mainstream parties fail to field women candidates in Mysore district

MYSORE: Although women have been neglected by mainstream political parties in ticket distribution in Mysore district, they hold the key in more than three constituencies. Women outnumber men in those constituencies and will decide the fate of candidates.

“Women power” rules Narasimharaja, Krishnaraja and T. Narsipur (reserved) constituencies as they are more in number than men voters.

The total number of voters in Mysore district is 20,54,361. Of this, 10,37,628 are men and 10,16,733 are women. But women outnumber men in Narasimharaja (1,00,719 women, 99,088 men), Krishnaraja (1,014,33 women, 1,00,384 men) and T. Narsipur (86,334 women, 86,299 men).

After the redrawing of the constituencies, the number of women voters has gone up in the three constituencies. Candidates in these constituencies all leaving no stone unturned to woo women voters.

Even before the election notification was issued, a mega show of women self-help groups (SHGs) was organised in Krishnaraja. A large number of women associated with various SHGs and Stree Shakti Sanghas reportedly functioning in the constituency attended the show.

Although, on the face of it, there was nothing evident of the political purpose of organising the show, it raised doubts in the minds of public on why the show was organised ahead of the election.

The number of women voters had crossed one lakh mark in Chamundeshwari, Krishnaraja, Chamaraja and Narasimharaja constituencies of the 11 constituencies in Mysore district. The least number of women voters are in Periyapatna (72,236).

No mainstream party has fielded women in the district. Sarvodaya Karnataka Party, a regional party, had fielded Jaji Thimmaiah from H.D. Kote (reserved) constituency. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have fielded women candidates in Mandya and Chamarajnagar districts. Although there are political reasons for fielding women, they have managed to get two seats in Mandya and one in Chamarajnagar.

BSP candidate from Hanur Parimala Nagappa, who was with the Janata Dal (Secular), was forced to quit the party owing to the “changed election scenario.” It is discussed in the political circles that Ms. Nagappa’s move had been attributed to the inclusion of certain Dalit dominated pockets in Hanur segment from the adjoining Kollegal constituency during the delimitation exercise as well as the perceived disenchantment among sections of the Lingayats with the Janata Dal (Secular) over the issue of transfer of power.

The BJP has fielded two candidates in Mandya district — Puja Santosh from Srirangapatna and Vidya Nagendra from Mandya.