Arunachal Pradesh is seeing large number of women contestant first time

The numbers of women contestants in Arunachal Pradesh election are increasing year by year. A total of 11 women are contesting polls for the 60-member assembly this time, while the figure was four less in the 2014 elections. The sate is participating Assembly Election and Lok sabha election simultaneously.

One of the two Lok Sabha seats in the state also has a woman candidate who is a greenhorn. With nine first time contestants in both assembly and Lok Sabha , this is the highest number of women candidates in the state till date. There were seven women contestants in 2014 elections and one of them won. Of the 11 assembly poll contestants, the Congress has fielded five women candidates, the ruling BJP nominated three, while the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) and the (JDU)selected one each.

It is encouraging to see a large participation of women in elections this time, but more women need to come forward and participate in nation-building exercise, Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Chairperson Radhila Chai Techi said.

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