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Patna: With women voters outnumbering male voters in the first two of the five-phase Bihar assembly polls, they have emerged as a prominent vote bank – more powerful than the youths and caste factor in the state.

A large number of people voted in the first and second round of Bihar assembly polls on Monday (October 13) and Friday (October 15) respectively.

“Unlike youths, women in large number voted in Bihar in the first and second phase of polls,” an election commission official said.

In the second-phase of polls, around 54.82 percent of the 8.58 million electorate voted in 32 of the 243 constituencies.

Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V. Nayak said 57.50 percent of the women voted against 52.50 percent male voters.

Similarly, in the first phase on October 12, around 57 percent of the 13.5 million electorate voted, 59.50 percent of the women voted against 54.50 percent of the male voters.

“It is really a positive development that more women have voted this time,” the official said.

According to Nayak, long queues of women voters were seen outside polling booths in both phases. “It may continue in remaining three phases on October 28, November 1 and 5,” he said.

Polls watchers said this was a result of several schemes initiated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for women’s empowerment.

The government has reserved 50 percent posts in Panchayati Raj elections and primary
school teachers’ recruitment for women and 35 percent of all police jobs for women.

The government’s scheme to promote education among girls by providing them free cycles
has increased school enrolment in rural areas.

More than women in urban areas, the rural women in rural areas were seen standing outside at polling booths.

In last assembly polls in 2010, the women turn out was good but it was not like this
time. “It is a record in making till the polls end next month,” said another official.

(IANS)

 

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Kerala Government Decides to Revise The List of Women Who Prayed at Sabarimala

The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media

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Stung by widespread criticism over the numerous errors in the list of women who prayed at the Sabrimala temple, the Kerala government has decided to re-prepare the list.

A counsel of state government had presented the list in the Supreme Court on Friday, which reportedly had discrepancies in the age and names of women. The list was taken from the records of the online system, through which pilgrims register for having “darshan”.

The row erupted over flaws in the actual age of some of the 51 women, whom the counsel had referred to in the list as “banned” — on account of they being of menstruating age group of 10 to 50 years — who prayed at the temple this season.

State police chief Loknath Behera on Saturday asked senior officials to revise the list, which included even the name of men, besides several of the women above 50.

State Devasom (temples) Minister Kadakampally Surendran told the media that his department has no role in the preparation of the list, while the president of the Travancore Devasom Board – custodian of the temple, A. Padmakumar said they are not responsible for this as they do not prepare statistics of the pilgrims in the temple.

Kanam Rajendran, state secretary of the Communist Party of India – the second biggest ally of the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government, said the entire responsibility of what has happened lies with the state government.

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Kerala to revise list of women who prayed at Sabarimala.

But the Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, the closest aide of Vijayan, defended him by saying that it is not just 51 women, but so many women have had “darshan” at the temple.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini, both in the “banned” age group of 10 to 50 years, prayed at the Sabarimala temple.

It was after they approached the apex court seeking security for having safe “darshan” that a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed the state government to arrange adequate protection for them.

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The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media.

“This goof-up reveals the abject failure of the way Vijayan is running the state,” said state BJP president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.  (IANS)