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Meenakshi Lekhi lone female candidate elected to Lok Sabha from Delhi

Friday, 16 May 2014 - 7:45pm IST | Agency: PTI

With only one out of the eight women among 150 candidates in fray for seven seats in Delhi and only one emerging victorious, the statistics of a female getting elected to the lower house from Delhi is an abysmal 0.5%.

While there were two constituencies West Delhi and North East Delhi, which did not see a single woman nomination, the maximum number of female candidates were in New Delhi seat-- five women out of a total 29 candidates.

Meenakshi Lekhi defeated sitting MP and Congress heavyweight Ajay Maken from New Delhi seat.

The high profile Chandni Chowk constituency, which saw BJP's Harsh Vardhan win over AAP's Ashutosh and union minister Kapil Sibal of Congress, had only one woman nominee - Rashmi Kashyap of Bharatiya Pragatisheel party.

Barring former Delhi minister Rakhi Birla (Aam Aadmi Party) and former central minister Krishna Tirath (Congress), no other woman nominee gave a tough fight to her rivals here.

Birla and Tirath finished second and third respectively in North-West constituency which also had Kamini Kaur (Independent) contesting from there.

In South Delhi seat, Ruby Yadav (Independent) and Sreerupa Mitra (Trinamool Congress) were in fray. The East Delhi seat had a single woman candidate--Manju Chibber (Republican Party of India) among 23 candidates. 


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