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Only 18 out of the total 164 candidates fighting LS polls in Delhi are women

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Only 18 out of the total 164 candidates fighting the election in are women, putting their share at a dismal nearly 9 per cent.

Each of the major political parties -- Congress, and -- has fielded only one woman candidate in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12.

In 2014, 150 candidates contested the polls from the national capital, of which 13 were women. Out of them, only one, of the BJP, got elected.

In 2009, out of 160 candidates, 18 women contested and only one got elected.

The has fielded its veteran and former chief The and the have named lawyer-politician Lekhi and respectively.

Nominations of 173 candidates were found valid for the polls in and on Friday, nine candidates withdrew their nomination.

As many as 349 candidates had filed nominations from April 16 till Tuesday, the last date to file the papers.

In Delhi, there are over 1.43 crore voters, and of these, 64 lakh are female voters, while 72 lakh are male voters. Besides, there are 669 voters belonging to the third gender.

Dikshit, the three-time chief minister, will contest from the North East Delhi seat against state and AAP's Dilip Pandey. BJP's incumbent Lekhi will face Congress' and Aam Aadmi Party's Brijesh Goyal in the parliamentary constituency.

The has pitted Marlena against cricketer-turned-politician and former Delhi and senior on the East Delhi seat.

There are ten women candidates who are fighting elections either as independents or on behalf of little known parties.

Deepti Chopra from Prism Party, from Right to Recall Party and from and two others are in the fray from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency.

There is only woman candidate -- Dikshit -- from North East Delhi constituency. From the East Delhi seat, Atishi Marlena, Deepti Nadella from of India, Neeru Mongia of and of the Republican Party of (Athawale) are fighting elections.

Two independents, Aashish Saxena and Priyanka, Meenakashi Lekhi are in the fray for the Lok Sabha constituency.

Aditi is contesting elections from the North West Delhi seat as an independent, while Poonam has filed her nomination on behalf of People's Party of from the West Delhi.

South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency has two women candidates, from Bharath Party and Sumedha Bodh from Jan Samman Party, who will be taking on Congress' Vijender Singh, BJP's and AAP's Raghav Chadha.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 26 2019. 20:45 IST