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Your MP... Mrs MLA

Two-thirds of our women MPs ride to the House merely on family connections

Your MP... Mrs MLA
Tribhuvan Tiwari
Your MP... Mrs MLA
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-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Party-Wise & 15th Lok Sabha: Numbers Of Women MPs State-Wise

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"Woh to houselady hai, madam, houselady," said the Uttar Pradesh bureaucrat over the phone, clarifying the background of a woman MP from his state, fielded by none other than UP's First Behenji, Mayawati, in the just-ended elections. Her Bahujan Samaj Party's four women MPs (all first-timers) make up an impressive 19 per cent of the BSP's strength in the 15th Lok Sabha, almost double the all-India average for women's representation in the House—not surprising, you would say, for a party headed by a woman.

What is a revelation, though, is the kind of women this fiery, feisty self-made woman politician has catapulted to Parliament: political wives, all of them, riding piggyback on a powerful husband. Raj Kumari Chauhan, the one described memorably as a "houselady" by my informant, is the...

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