Tamil Nadu

Delegation meets Stalin, appeals for more women candidates

A delegation from Shakti, a women’s NGO, met DMK president M.K. Stalin on Saturday and requested him to field more women candidates in the upcoming general election.

“We made a strong case for the DMK to field more women candidates this time. In the last election, a mere 5% of party tickets were given to women. Women make up one half of society, and the social justice legacy of the DMK has little meaning if political justice is not done to Tamil women,” Tara Krishnaswamy, co-convenor of Shakti, said after meeting the DMK leader at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai.

Unless political parties change their internal mechanisms for women's representation in election committees and candidate selection process, it will be the same old recycled men candidates, and India cannot make much progress [in such a scenario], she said.

Ms. Tara said Mr. Stalin listened patiently and reacted positively to the appeal. He reportedly agreed that more women should be in Parliament, and said the party would be conscious about giving tickets to women.

Shakti invited the DMK chief to participate in its event at the Constitution Club on February 16.

Reaching out

The NGO has been reaching out to all major political parties across the country with its appeal on women’s representation.

“The AIADMK leaders were unavailable for a meeting today [Saturday], and appointments are awaited with the BJD, the NCP, the AAP, the INC, the CPI(M) and the BJP,” it said.

Shakti, whose tagline is “Political Power to Women”, claims to be a non-partisan, inclusive platform for women who have joined hands regardless of religion, caste, creed and ideology with the objective of getting more women elected as MLAs and MPs.

Women were grossly underrepresented, constituting barely 9% of lawmakers in State Assemblies and 11% in Parliament, it said.

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