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Odisha polls: Women, youth big losers in candidate selection

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 9:

Contrary to the tall talks of the political parties on giving precedence to the women and youth candidates in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha, none of them have stuck to their commitment.

Only 11 women candidates out of a total of 98 candidates (less then 9 per cent) are contesting 11 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha in the second phase polls scheduled on April 17, a report of the Odisha Election Watch said.

While the BJP, BSP and Ama Odisha Party (AOP) have not fielded any woman candidate, the ruling Biju Janata Dal, Congress, Aam Admi Party (AAP) have nominated two women candidates each.

Besides, the CPI-ML (Red Star) and the Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) have fielded one woman candidate each for the Lok Sabha polls while the other remaining parties have not fielded women candidates, the report said.

In terms of young candidates, there are only three candidates in the 25-30 age group while 22 candidates in the 31-40 age group, 37 in the 41-50 age group, 15 in the 51-60 age group, 17 in the 61-70 age group and three in the age group of 71-80 are contesting the polls, the reports added.

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