With a higher number of women contesting for parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha Election, a lot of our attention is on how these candidates performed. The sweeping victory that BJP has garnered has only helped its women candidates’ victory as well. Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janta Dal and Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress fielded the highest percentage of women candidates at 33% and 41% respectively and both parties delivered as a large number of women fielded by both these parties have sauntered to victory.
BJD’s five women winners in Odisha:
- Pramila Bisoyi from Aska
- Manjulata Mandal from Bhadrak
- Rajashree Mallick from Jagatsinghpur
- Sarmishtha Sethi from Jajpur
- Chandrani Murmu from Keonjhar
Of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state, BJD gave tickets to seven women candidates of whom five were clear-cut winners. While five women candidates won from BJD, two women candidates have won from BJP in the state comprising of Aparajita Sarangi from Bhubaneshwar and Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo from Bolangir. So in all seven candidates out of 21 are going to be women in the 17th Lok Sabha.
In West Bengal, Banerjee’s AITC fielded 17 candidates of whom nine women candidates have won. Altogether the state has 11 women who have won out of its grand total of 42 candidates and the remaining two candidates are of BJP—Locket Chatterjee from Hooghly and Debasree Chaudhuri from Raiganj.
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AITC’s women winners in West Bengal:
- Kakoli Ghoshdastidar from Barasat
- Aparupa Poddar from Arambagh
- Nusrat Jahan Ruhi from Basirhat
- Satabdi Roy from Birbhum
- Mimi Chakraborty from Jadavpur
- Pratima Mondal from Joynagar
- Mala Roy from Kolkata Dakshin
- Mahua Moitra from Krishnanagar
- Sajda Ahmed from Uluberia
Uttar Pradesh with its 80 seats only shows 10 women candidates as winners. All of BJP’s nine women candidates have won. One of the most astounding wins has been that of Smriti Irani of BJP from Amethi—home-ground of Congress Party.
Congress’ female winners
Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareilli in Uttar Pradesh. Only one woman candidate from Congress Party has won and that is its former president Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.
BJP’s women winners in Uttar Pradesh:
- Smriti Irani from Amethi
- Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad
- Sanghmitra Maurya from Badaun
- Rekha Verma from Dhaurahra
- Sangeeta Azad from Lalganj
- Hema Malini from Mathura
- Keshari Devi Patel from Phulpur
- Maneka Gandhi from Sultanpur
- Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti from Fatehpur
One of the most astounding wins has been that of Smriti Irani of BJP from Amethi—home-ground of Congress Party. Only one woman candidate from Congress Party won and that is its former president Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli. Another surprising win has been for Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal who won from Mirzapur constituency in UP.
In Andhra Pradesh where YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is on to a winning streak, four of its women candidates have won out of total 20 candidates.
YSRCP’s four women winners in Andhra Pradesh:
- Goddeti Madhavi from Aruku
- Chinta Anuradha from Amalapuram
- B V Satyavathi from Anakapalli
- Vanga Geetha Viswanath from Kakinada
Assam, Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Meghalaya and Tripura have one woman winner each. Whereas in Assam Queen Ojha of BJP won from Gauhati and Kerala Remya Haridas of Congress again won from Alathur, Telangana saw Kavitha Malothu of TRS win from Mahabubabad. Uttarakhand’s lone woman winner is Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah of BJP from Tehri Garhwal. Despite a total of 10 seats in Haryana, only Sunita Duggal of BJP won from its Sirsa constituency. In North Eastern state, Meghalaya now has a woman winner with Agatha Sangma of NPP from Tura and Tripura West welcomed Pratima Bhoumik of BJP.
Karnataka Women Winners:
1. Shobha Karandlaje of BJP from Udupi-Chikmagalur
2. Independent Candidate Ambareesh Sumalatha from Mandya
Jharkhand Women Winners:
- Annpurna Devi of BJP from Kodarma
- Geeta Kora of INC from Singhbum
Punjab Women Winners:
- Harsimrat Kaur Badal of SAD from Bhatinda
- Preneet Kaur of INC from Patiala
Tamil Nadu Women Winners:
- Jothimani S of Congress from Karur
- Sumathy of DMK from Chennai South
- Kanimozhi of DMK from Thoothukudi
Rajasthan Women Winners:
- Ranjeeta Koli of BJP from Bharatpur
- Jaskaur Meena of BJP from Dausa
- Diya Kumari of BJP from Rajsamand
Chattisgarh Women Winners:
- Jyotsna Charandas Mahant of Congress from Korba
- Gomati Sai of BJP from Raigarh
- Renuka Singh Saruta of BJP from Sarjuga
Bihar Women Winners:
- Rama Devi of BJP from Sheohar
- Kavita Singh of JD (U) from Siwan
- Veena Devi of LJP from Vaishali
MP Women Winners:
- Sandhya Ray of BJP from Bhind
- Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur of BJP from Bhopal
- Himadri Singh of BJP from Shahdol
- Riti Pathak of BJP from Sidhi
Gujarat Women Winners:
- Bharti Shiyal of BJP from Bhavnagar
- Poonamben Maadam of BJP from Jamnagar
- Shardaben Patel of BJP from Mahesana
- Darshana Jardosh of BJP from Surat
- Ranjanaben Bhatt of BJP from Vadodara
- Rathva Gitaben of BJP from Chota Udaipur
Maharashtra Women Winners:
- Supriya Sule of Congress from Baramati
- Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar of BJP from Dindori
- Poonam Mahajan of BJP from Mumbai North Central
- Dr. Heena Vijaykumar Gavit of BJP from Nandurbar
- Raksha Khadse of BJP from Raver
- Bhawna Gawli of BJP from Yavatmal-Washim
- Pritam Munde of BJP from Beed
- Independent Candidate Navnit Rana from Amravati
Union Territories have a total of 13 seats including seven seats of NCT of Delhi and only two women have women out of the total candidates. These two women are Kirron Kher of BJP from Chandigarh and Menakshi Lekhi who also belongs to BJP and she has won from New Delhi constituency.
A total of Eight states including Himachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and five Union Territories including Andaman and Nicobar Islands Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagra Haveli, Lakshwadeep and Puduchery will not have a single woman MP.
This is a developing story and is being updated constantly