More women contesting polls but few winning
The number of women candidates in elections has increased over the years, but the likelihood of their victory has decreased over time, shows data
Last month, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Naveen Patnaik declared that one third of the candidates fielded by his party in the upcoming general elections in Odisha would be women. This is part of a growing trend of greater female participation in Indian politics, in terms of female candidates at least. However, the success rate of these female candidates in winning seats remains poor.