Women candidates few but committed to Mumbai's welfare

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 12 Oktober 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI : There are few women candidates pitching for MLA status during Maharashtra's forthcoming assembly election, even in Mumbai.

The battle of the ballot on Wednesday, October 15, will see Susiieben Shah, head of the Maharashtra State Women's Commission, fight for the prestigious Malabar Hill constituency in South Mumbai. Sitting MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha of the BJP is her rival here. Shah is contesting on a Congress ticket.

Over in Byculla, Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) corporator Geeta Gawli is leading a charged campaign against the two namesakes Madhukar Chavan of the Congress and the BJP. She says, "Women inherently find it easy to multi-task so I come with the advantage of being a Swayamsiddha (empowered woman). My father Arun Gawli has been an MLA who has done so much work that my introduction becomes easy."

Gawli says she intends to take this inheritance of goodwill forward. "Byculla is home to me, I am aware of and committed to each issue, whether it is the repair of old buildings or cleaning of house gullies. In fact the way to win an election is to concentrate on developmental works rather than caste- or religion-based politics," she says.

The BJP has allocated Versova assembly seat to Dr Bharati Lavekar who is a women's activist. "I have a finger on the pulse of women's issues by virtue of running my own foundation called 'Tee' which means 'She'. We also bring out a publication by the same name. We have worked in remote areas of Beed and Shirur-Kasar to improve the abysmal sex ratio of 733:1000 and 669:1000," says Lavekar.

In Dahisar, the BJP candidate Manisha Chaudhari is challenging former mayor Shubha Raul and Sheetal Mhatre. Chaudhari is counting on PM Narendra Modi's charisma and her own experience as corporator to see her through. "I have been former president of the BJP Mahila Morcha and have worked for women's issues during my 25 years in this party. I plan to focus attention on making women's commute easier. We need to provide more trains from Borivli and also seek to extend the Andheri-Versova Metro Rail to the farther suburbs in the long term," she says.

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