SP sends maximum women candidates to UP assembly
Lucknow, March 7 (IANS) Mulayam Singh Yadav is known to strongly oppose the women's reservation bill, but his Samajwadi Party (SP) has sent the highest number of women candidates to the Uttar Pradesh assembly in these polls, officials say.
Twenty-two women candidates from the SP have won this time, say poll officials. A total of 582 woman were in the fray in these assembly polls, and a total 37 women have been elected compared.
BJP comes a distant second with seven women candidate wins, the Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party with three each are in the third slot.
A woman candidate has also made it from the Apna Dal while Rubi Prasad, the legislator from Duddhi, has opened the account for independent women candidates.
The most prominent faces in the woman's brigade are that of Uma Bharti of the BJP and Rita Bahuguna Joshi of the Congress.
Bharti won from Charkhari constituency by a margin of over 25,000 votes. Joshi, the state Congress chief, won from Lucknow Cantt by 22,000 votes.
Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal has defeated BSP's Ramakant Singh in Rohaniya assembly segment of Varanasi.
In the 2007 polls, in all 23 women candidates had made it to the assembly, but only four of them were from the SP. The higher numbers this time come right ahead of International Women's Day March 8.
Mulayam Singh's popularity among woman voters also seems to be high, with a large number of them believed to have voted for him. His SP has bagged 224 seats in Uttar Pradesh.