Women candidates fail to make the cut | Chennai News
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MADURAI / CHENNAI: The voice of women MPs in 2021 lodge will be hushed up, as many of the top-rated female candidates from all parties have failed the campaign. Worse yet, there is not a single woman to represent Chennai’s 16 constituencies.
In the city of Chennai alone, candidates like S Gokula Indira and B Valarmathi (both AIADMK) and Khushbu Sundar (BJP) lost the election on Sunday.
âThe DMK swept the election in the city, but the result is not based on gender. It has to do with the alliance, the anti-monopoly and local issues. Any male or female candidate put forward by DMK would have won this election, âsaid Bernard D ‘Sami, social science researcher and senior researcher at Loyola College. Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was the last female candidate to win an assembly election in Chennai. In 2016, she won from RK Nagar.
Elsewhere, DMK Deputy Secretary General and former Minister Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan was beaten in Modakurichi, while another former DMK Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna lost in Alangulam. Both are secure ministerial candidates in the new DMK exemption. While outgoing Minister V Saroja (Rasipuram) lagged behind in the last update, his party colleague VM Rajalakshmi (Sankarankoil) lost to rival DMK E Raja by a margin of 5,354 votes.
Such large losses left only a handful of recognizable female candidates on the elected list. The most prominent of these is Vanathi Srinivasan (South Coimbatore) from BJP. S Vijayadharini from Congress (Vilvancode) booked a third consecutive constituency win, while DMK’s Geetha Jeevan (Tuticorin) is ready to be elected in the constituency.
In Dharapuram, after a protracted battle since the morning, N Kayalvizhi of DMK succeeded in taking over from BJP President L Murugan in the late evening.
Senior lawyer Sudha Ramalingam said none of those candidates contested and solicited as a woman. “It is party policy and not kind Politics. Membership is with the party and not with the candidate, âshe said.