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Women make for one-fourth of elected lawmakers from Bengal

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

More than one-fourth of the 42 lawmakers elected from West Bengal are women, with nine from the Trinamool Congress and two from the BJP.

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had fielded over 40 per cent women candidates in the Lok Sabha polls and they fared better than their male counterparts in the hustings.

Of the 15 women candidates of the TMC, nine emerged victorious, while five bit the dust, with the most prominent among the losers being Moon Moon Sen from Asansol.

Twenty-two candidates of the TMC have won in the general elections.

BJP's Locket Chatterjee and Debosree Chaudhuri emerged victorious among the five women fielded by the saffron party in West Bengal.

Both won for the first time riding on the saffron surge in the state that saw 18 BJP candidates emerging victorious.

The TMC's women candidates who will be first-time lawmakers are actors Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty, Mala Roy and Mahua Moitra.

Two-time MPs Satabdi Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and three others who entered the Lok Sabha in 2014 -- Aparupa Poddar, Pratima Mondal and Sajda Ahmed have retained their seats.

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

First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 22:16 IST