Parties banking on women self-help groups to bring votes
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Parties banking on women self-help groups to bring votes

April 29, 2018

Mysuru:  With the May 12 Assembly polls fast approaching, political parties are looking at women self-help groups (Sthree Shakti Sanghas) to lure voters.

The women self help groups, which are active in both urban and rural areas, have been a boon to some political parties.

With the polls nearing, the women self-help groups have become all the more active, holding meetings once in three  days to discuss on backing political parties. These self-help groups after prolonged deliberations, will back only that party which benefits them the most.

Thousands of Sthree Shakti Sanghas have registered with the Women and Child Welfare Department in the district, out of which 145 are in Mysuru city, 967 in rural parts of Mysuru, 696 in H.D. Kote Taluk, 1009 in K.R. Nagar, 947 Nanjangud, 753 in Bilikere, 915 in Hunsur Taluk, 737 in Periyapatna Taluk and 677 in other parts.

In all, there are 7,787 registered Sthree Shakti Sanghas in 11 Assembly segments of the district as of now, which include 587 meant exclusively for SC Community and 360 for ST Community.

With the Election Commission strictly monitoring the poll campaign, political parties are making attempts to get in touch with the heads of Sthree Shakti Groups, instead of directly knocking on the doors of the office of Sthree Shakti Sanghas. In turn, the heads of women self-help groups will table the proposals of political parties at a secret meeting that will take place at the house of a Sangha member. The support to a particular party will depend on the unanimous choice that the members of the Sangha will make.

However, the Sthree Shakti Sanghas are treading a cautions note as they do not want to risk supporting a political party as a whole. The Sangha will take a final decision on backing that particular party which assures them the maximum benefits, only when the poll date is just a couple of days away, according to sources.

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