A Quick Look At The Three Major Women Players In Delhi Lok Sabha Elections
Though the number of MPs Delhi sends to parliament might be low, the seats are considered to be extremely significant and highly symbolic.
For a battle of 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, the three major players, AAP, Congress, and BJP have given tickets to only one woman candidate each. Though the number of MPs Delhi sends to parliament might be low, the seats are considered to be extremely significant and highly symbolic.
Let’s take a look at these candidates, and what is at stake.
1. East Delhi seat
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has given a ticket to Atishi(37), who is credited for transforming government education in Delhi. Atishi, who got her Master’s degree in History from Oxford Univerity, England, is campaigning on the issue of education and full statehood for Delhi.
Before being nominated for the Lok Sabha elections, she decided to drop her surname ‘Marlena’, which drew a lot of controversy. This time, she is in the contest with three-time MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely and the cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir.
2. North-East Delhi seat
The Congress has trusted its old guard for this seat. Delhi’s longest-serving Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who is also the state Congress chief, will be contesting from North East Delhi.
Dikshit (81) is credited for various developmental projects under her tenure from 1998 to 2013. She was leading a very popular government in Delhi, until the string of corruption allegations hit her and the party during the 2010 commonwealth games. She was the Chief Minister when Delhi became the epicenter of the anti-corruption movement in 2011, led by Anna Hazare and the current Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
She is up against the sitting BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey. To know more about this seat, watch this video.
3. New Delhi seat
Many expected that the BJP will replace the incumbent MP Meenakshi Lekhi with the cricketer Gautam Gambhir for this seat. But Lekhi survived these rumors and managed to become the only woman candidate to feature in the BJP’s Delhi list for the second time. In 2014, she defeated the Congress’s senior leader Ajay Maken and AAP’s Ashish Khetan by getting 46% of the vote share.
This time, she is running against AAP’s Brijesh Goyal whereas the Congress has again fielded Ajay Maken. The seat has a sizeable number of traders who have been affected by the GST and the Supreme Court-monitored sealing drive. Lekhi’s task will be difficult as she will have to beat anti-incumbency and the resurgent Congress.