New Delhi: The political parties may have to pay the price of not promoting women within the party fold. The Delhi Government has decided to split the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) into three parts along with reserving 50 percent of the total councilor seats for women under the new set-up.

The decision has left the political parties in a tizzy as they may find it difficult to implement the proposed 50 percent reservation clause. The parties are of the view that it would be difficult to find such a large number of women with good political experience.

During the MCD elections in 2007, the political parties confronted problems while searching 91 women candidates following 31 percent reservation for women in 272 wards.

Such was the crisis of apt women candidates in the civic body elections that wives of active male politicians were made candidates because men became ineligible to contest because their prospective constituencies were categorized as reserved for women after delimitation.

Now when the Delhi government has raised the women reservation to 50 percent, increasing the number of seats for women to 136, it is certain that many male leaders will be devoid of the tickets.

According to the sources, 75 per cent of the total women councilors are either wife of the legislators or their relatives.