Only women parties form an alliance for Lok Sabha Polls
New Delhi: Two women-only political parties, National Women's Party and All India Women United Party, have formed an alliance to jointly contest in the upcoming General Elections 2019. The two parties have decided to field candidates on at least 50% seats of the Lok Sabha.
The conveners of both the parties are calling it a historic step Indian politics and term it as their mission to guarantee equal representation for Women in every decision making processes.
Both the parties are driven by a common vision to work towards creating an environment free of gender biases, where women would stand up with equal rights, shoulder to shoulder with men in the developmental process and contributing towards restoring peace in the world.
"We aim at eradicating the challenges faced by women in active politics and introducing more women participants to make sure the prevailing systems change in our society," said Dr Shwetha Shetty, National President of National Women's Party.
The Election Commission of India has allotted 'gas stove' as the poll symbol for National Women's Party. A gas stove has been associated with every woman in the world from times immemorial. The party also wants to change the perception that women of today aren't good at running the country, besides running their households.
"We welcome every woman who wishes to support the party's cause, irrespective of caste, creed or religion and further to contest the election as a candidate for Lok Sabha Elections 2019," Dr Swetha Shetty, who is also an MBBS.
Dr Shetty, who is based in South India, is a young woman, energetic, creative person with a desire to work for the Mankind and Womenkind equally as both are part of the wheels of development and change.
She is eager to take a lead in the matter of free and fair elections and for that, her party has joined hands with All India Women United Party, based in North India.
"As we look further into treading newer boundaries, accepting new challenges out of the boundaries of our home we have to go a long way forward. We are pleased to announce our alliance with the All India Women United Party. As an entity, we truly believe in the power share for the women in politics to ensure decentralisation of economic and political power," Dr Shetty added further.
"On this occasion, we demand from the authorities that henceforth this day, the 9th of March 2019, must be declared as India Women's Day," Dr Shetty said.
Nasim Bano Khan, National President, All India Women United Party, exuded confidence over the poll alliance with National Women's Party and hailed it as a giant leap towards women empowerment.
"All India Women United Party is immensely happy with our alliance with National Women's Party. Together we have decided to contest on more than 283 Lok Sabha seats across India. This alliance will usher new dawn in the history of Indian politics because together we are going to press for the issues concerning the half of the population. The voices of the female voters, as well as the candidates, get subdued by this male-dominated Indian political system. We strive to change the existing electoral practices and increase women's representation in the legislature. We are convinced that this alliance will do wonders in the times to come and it will emerge as the voice of the millions of women in India," said Nasim Bano Khan.