Why women voters matter3 min read . Updated: 03 Apr 2014, 06:03 PM IST
Political parties have failed to cater to women voters despite their increasing turnout in elections
If Survey data is to be believed, there has hardly been a women’s vote in Indian elections. Women hardly vote like women; they hardly show any specific preference for any political party, not even for parties which are headed by women leaders. Neither J. Jayalalithaa, nor Mamata Banerjee nor Mayawati have been able to attract women voters in large numbers. In the 2009 Lok Sabha Jayalalithaa’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) with its allies polled 37% of the vote in Tamil Nadu. Amongst men it polled 37% votes, among women 38%. Similarly, in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress in alliance with the Congress polled an overall 45% of the votes. It bagged 46% of the male vote and 43% of the women’s vote. In Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) under Mayawati secured 27% votes in the 2009 Lok Sabha. Its vote share was 28% among men and 27% among women.