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Only 6 women make it to Punjab Assembly

Punjab Congress president Amrinder Singh (2nd L) addresses the media after his victory to reclaim the Punjab chief minister position in Chandigarh on March 11, 2017. The beleaguered Congress clinched a face-saving victory in Punjab, upsetting the apple cart of the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party, an anti-corruption party led by Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal which was tipped in some surveys to win in the state. / AFP PHOTO / -

Chandigarh: Only six of the 81 women candidates managed to secure a place in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, merely 5 per cent of the House’s strength. These women leaders each of the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) romped home. In the 2012 assembly polls, 14 out of the 93 nominees had made it to the House. PTI file photo for representation
Only six of the 81 women candidates managed to secure a place in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, merely 5 per cent of the House’s strength. These women leaders each of the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) romped home. In the 2012 assembly polls, 14 out of the 93 nominees had made it to the House.

Only six of the 81 women candidates managed to secure a place in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, merely 5 per cent of the House’s strength. These women leaders each of the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) romped home. In the 2012 assembly polls, 14 out of the 93 nominees had made it to the House.

The Congress routed SAD-BJP alliance in the polls by ending 10-year regime of the Badal family. Among women leaders, Congress’s Arun Chaudhary won by the biggest marging — 31,917 votes and Rubinder Kaur Rubu emerged victorious with the lowest vote (10,778) difference. A transgender candidate, Mumtaz of the BSP, from Buchho Mandi in Bathinda district polled 1,137 votes and lost.