Men still outnumber women in WB Assembly
There are only 37 women MLAs out of 294 seat in West Bengal Assembly.
Kolkata: When Mamata Banerjee, set to be the first woman chief minister of West Bengal, walks into the Assembly, she will find that men still dominate the House as only 37 of the total 294 MLAs are women.
Mamata an MP since 1984 has donned the mantle of being the only woman Railways Minister twice. She will require to enter the House within the stipulated six months time.
She will find solace that of the 37 women 24 are from her own Trinamool Congress. Besides, the number of women MLAs this time is two more than in 2006 when there were 35 of them and only three from TMC.
The number of women MLAs this time will be six from her alliance partner Congress, while the Left Front has sent in seven.
The largest number of six women candidates - all of them from TMC have been sent to the House from South 24 Parganas district, where the zilla parishad and all the four Parliament seats belong to the party.
The district has returned Mamata's close aide Sonali Guha and also added glamour to the House by sending in Tollywood star and national award winner Debashree Roy.
Right behind is Kolkata and North 24 Parganas, which have elected four women each belonging to Mamata's party. North 24 Parganas returned four out of the five TMC women candidates.
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