Gujarat Assembly elections are just around the corner and both parties are intensifying their work on the preparing the manifesto.
Internal surveys regarding the political inclination of men and women in Gujarat show surprising results. Women are more inclined towards the BJP while men are more predisposed to the Congress Party. This is an important piece of information which could help the political parties to develop strategies. The Congress party seems to have taken a note of this and have designed their manifesto keeping women orientation in mind.
As it is only men who prefer Congress, there is an opportunity for drawing the votes of the women by giving more benefits to them. The electoral rolls for the upcoming Assembly elections see an addition of 8.08 lakh voters prepared after EC conducted elaborate electoral roll purification and enrolment drives across all 33 districts of the state in 2016. As per this final electoral list, a total of 2.03 crore will be female voters against 2.22 crore male voters. So, for every 1000 male voters, there will be 913 female voters. If we have to look at the percentage, then women comprise 47% of the registered electoral list. This is a huge number if Congress is able to tap the female votes.
The Congress leaders mentioned that the party is focussing on women in the state in areas of education, healthcare, housing, employment and nutrition. The party has promised to provide free education for girls up to post-graduation, a home in the name of the lady of the house, free institutional deliveries for safer births and curbing infant deaths due to the absence of skilled attendance in case of home deliveries along with healthcare benefits. The healthcare benefits will be provided to poor women even in private hospitals.
If everything mentioned in the Congress manifesto will be implemented that only time will tell, but as a thought, it is an excellent idea to give weightage to the women of this country.