Though women are at the helm of many state governments in India, representation in Parliament and assemblies continues to be low. Successive governments at the Centre have been dragging their feet on passing the women's reservation bill, which is pending in Parliament. Former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi strongly believes that parties should field more women candidates, till reservation becomes a reality.
"Although participation is better at the panchayat level, it is not the same in state assemblies and Parliament. Parties hand out far few tickets to women, citing low winnability. But this is not correct. In 2014, women were around 8% of total candidates, but 11.6% per cent of elected MPs," he said.