In the past 55 years, only 40 women have made it to the Himachal Pradesh assembly, and since 1967 the number has never exceeded 10% of the House’s total strength, according to official figures analyzed by CNN News18.
In 1967, when women ran for election in the state, with two women in the running, no one made it to the House, according to data from the Election Commission (EC). Since 1967, at least 206 women have contested election polls in the state, and of those, only 40 have made it home — about 20%. On the other hand, more than 50% – 105 – have lost their deposits in the polls, EC data shows.
The 68-member assembly saw the highest number of women elected to the House in 1998, when six women won the polls, data from the EC shows. With the exception of 2007, when five women were elected, and 1998, the House has elected fewer than five women in each election.
In the 2012 Assembly poll, there was a record number of women in the fray. Of these 34, only three made it to the House, while 22 lost their deposits. In 2017 there were 19 women in the fight and four of them made it to the House of Representatives.
The state has so far not seen a female Chief Minister since its inception. The Himachal Assembly will go to the polls on November 12 and the counting will be done on December 8. This time, only 24 women are participating in the election assembly in the state, slightly more than in 2017.
Of the 24 women in the fight this time around, six are from the Bharatiya Janata Party, while five are independents. Congress named three women in its lists. This time, the Aam Aadmi party, which has drafted five women, is also in the fray.
In the latest election poll, in 2017, the BJP won 44 seats, while Congress won 21 out of 68.
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