Women reservations may change political equations in Nizamabad district

NIZAMABAD: In the backdrop of the women reservation bill introduced in Parliament, political equations are set for a change in undivided Nizamabad district. All nine assembly constituencies in the district have the highest number of women voters. Overall too, the women population is higher than males' in Nizamabad district.

At present, there is 50 per cent reservation for women in urban and rural local bodies. So far, Eshawari Bai, A Annapurna and Akula Lalitha had been elected as MLAs from the district. Kalvakuntla Kavitha served as MP from Nizamabad parliamentary constituency from 2014 to 2019.

Being a ruling BRS party MLC, Kavitha from undivided Nizamabad district was among those who sought reservation for women in parliament and state assemblies.

Notably, most women leaders are from political families and there are hardly any newcomers in the political spectrum. State government employee Vemula Radhika Reddy is aspiring for Congress party ticket from Armoor assembly constituency. However, Bodhan BRS MLA Shakil Amer’s wife Ayesha Fathima is also active in the constituency.

Once women reservation law comes into being, political families are likely to push their women into future politics in places where the seats are reserved for women. However, existing women representatives may be retained.

Women from different walks of life expressed happiness over the initiative by the Narendra Modi government in taking up the bill for passage.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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