Moga: With SAD-BJP making its way to glory in Punjab for the second consecutive term, another history has been scripted in the assembly election 2012 in Punjab. Out of the total 93 women candidates contesting the 117-seat Punjab Assembly polls, for the first time 14 emerged victorious. Till now a maximum of 9 women candidates managed to get into the assembly. Six women candidates each of ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and opposition Congress and two of BJP were successful this time to secure victories.

BJP’s Navjot Kaur (Amritsar east) and Seema Kumari (Bhoa); Congress’ Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (Lehragaga), Harchand Kaur (Mahalkalan), Charanjeet Kaur (Qadian), Aruna Chaudhary of (Dinanagar), Karan Kaur (Muktsar) and Guriqbal Kaur (Nawanshahar); SAD’s Bibi Jagir Kaur (Bholath), Mohinder Kaur Josh (Sham Chaurasi), Rajwinder Kaur (Nihalsinghwala), Farzana Alam (Malerkotla), Harpreet Kaur (Ghannaur) and Virender Kaur loomba (Shutrana) registered their victories in the state.

In the 1951 elections in Punjab, three women registered their victories: Prakash Kaur (Ramdas), Channo Devi (Amritsar West) and Sita Devi (Jalandhar). In the year 1957 out of the 19 women candidates 9 were declared victorious. Whereas in 1961 14 women candidates contested out of which 8 registered their victories. Likewise, in 1967 2 were elected out of the 8 contesting women candidates.

For the year 1977 only 3 could win while 9 lost their account of the total of 18 women candidates. While in year 1980 8 lost their account, two won out of the 19 contesting candidates. The number of women candidates increased considerably to 33 out of which four were elected and 13 lost their account. In the year 1992 6 won out of the 22 candidates. While in year 1997 out of 52 women candidates 7 recorded their wins in the year 2002 eight were elected out of 71 contesting candidates. In the year 2007 out of 56 candidates 7 registered their win.

JPN/Bureau