Bhubaneswar: As many as seven women candidates have been fielded out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha as promised by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
While praises poured in for the BJD president from various walks of life, BJP Spokesperson Shaina NC, cutting across the party lines, went on to congratulate Patnaik on the Twitter.
The Bharatiya Janata Party Spokesperson from Maharashtra tweeted: “All political parties need to wake up. Women are 50 per cent or the electorate. Upset and appalled to know that other than @MamataOfficial who has given 41 per cent and @Naveen_Odisha who has given 33 per cent to women candidates all other parties only pay lip service to our cause.”
All political parties need to wake up. Women are 50 percent or the electorate. Upset and appalled to know that other than @MamataOfficial who has given 41 percent and @Naveen_Odisha who has given 33 percent to women candidates all other parties only pay lip service to our cause. pic.twitter.com/ZKVriLlvLS
— Shaina NC (@ShainaNC) March 31, 2019
It is pertinent to mention here that Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has fielded 17 women candidates out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. Mamata’s move came after her Odisha counterpart, Naveen, announced that the BJD will send 33 per cent women to the Parliament.
Notably, the Odisha’s ruling BJD has nominated six women candidates to contest LS polls. They are Dr Rajashree Mallick (Jagatsinghpur), Sarmistha Kumari Sethi (Jajpur), Chandrani Murmu (Keonjhar), Pramila Bisoyi (Aska), Sunita Biswal (Sundargarh), Manjulata Mandal (Bhadrak) and Kaushalya Hikaka (Koraput).
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