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TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | Image Credit: Facebook/Abhishek Banerjee and UNI

We are first party to give 40 percent seats to women: TMC on Congress' Uttar Pradesh move

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Oct 2021, 01:17 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) Wednesday said it was the first party to give 40 percent candidature to women in the Lok Sabha elections, reacting to the Congress' similar move in the upcoming state polls in Uttar Pradesh.

In a couple of tweets, the TMC said, " Under the visionary leadership of @MamataOfficial, AITC has shown the way to ensure increased participation of women in politics, in this country. We're the first party to give 40% seats to women in LS elections!"

"Amid such dire times, @INCIndia is understandably trying to emulate and one can only hope that this is genuine and not tokenism. If they are to be taken seriously, they must give 40% seats to women in states other than UP as well."

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to power, Mamata Banerjee nominated women candidates in 41 percent of the total number of seats (42) which went to polls in West Bengal.

In a surprising move, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday announced the party will give 40 percent seats to women candidates in the upcoming state elections, which are scheduled to be held early 2022.

"This decision is for women who want a change," Priyanka said making the announcement.

"If all decisions were dependent on me, I would have gone for 50 percent women candidates," she said.

However, the Congress leader is yet to decide on whether she herself would contest or not.