The emerging vote bank that every political party wants to tap
- The Congress’ pledge to field women in 40% seats in Uttar Pradesh is part of a growing influence of women voters on India’s political parties. However, women still do not vote en bloc and their vote is divided, particularly in Hindi heartland states. This could make it tough for the Congress despite the welcome move
Last week, the Congress pledged to field women in 40% of the seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. At the outset, it could be seen as a way to boost the dismal representation of women in Indian politics. But the focus on female voters is unmistakable: the announcement came alongside other women-centred welfare promises such as free electric scooters and mobile phones. As women rise in influence in the political agenda, are more parties now seeing them as a game-changer vote bank?