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Lok Sabha Elections: Women Voters Emerge as Decisive Force

Lok Sabha Elections: Women Voters Emerge as Decisive Force

New Delhi, March 18, 2024

In a significant shift, women voters have emerged as a pivotal force shaping the outcome of Lok Sabha elections in India. Over the past decades, women have asserted their electoral influence, prompting political parties to tailor their policies and campaigns accordingly.

Traditionally perceived as a patriarchal domain, Indian politics has witnessed a transformative wave as women exercise their voting rights independently, transcending familial influences. This changing dynamic has compelled politicians to reorient their strategies towards engaging and appealing to female voters.

The recent rhetoric between political leaders exemplifies the heightened focus on women voters. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's invocation of 'Shakti' was swiftly countered by Prime Minister Modi, underscoring the symbolic significance attached to women in electoral discourse.

Furthermore, government schemes targeting women's welfare, such as the Lakhpati Didi Yojana and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, have become instrumental in garnering support. The enactment of the Women’s Reservation Bill further solidifies the narrative of inclusive governance.

Regional parties have also stepped up efforts to court women voters, as seen in the AAP government's Mukhya Mantri Mahila Samman Yojna, aimed at fostering financial independence among women.

The impact of women voters is palpable in various states, with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's policies, including the liquor ban and women's quotas, resonating positively among female constituents.

Moreover, the surge in women's participation in electoral processes is evident, with Delhi witnessing a notable increase since 1993, according to government data.

With twelve states boasting more female voters than males, the Election Commission underscores the growing significance of women in shaping the country's political landscape.

As India gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, the empowerment of women voters stands as a defining feature, heralding a new era of democratic representation and governance.

Published by She Business Time


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