Hamirpur is the only district in Himachal Pradesh where registered women voters are more than men. The voter turnout for women rose almost 1.5% to 77.25%, almost 6% more than that of men in HP.
Hamirpur, especially recorded the highest woman voter turnout at 71%, against 64% of men during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In Kangra, 67% women turned out to vote against 64% men in the same polls.
The state’s chief electoral officer, Devesh Kumar said, “Women’s literacy rate is high in Himachal. There is heightened awareness on the importance of voting among women.” Political parties are aware of this. For example, BJP is concentrating on the Ujjwala scheme under which almost 1.13 lakh LPG connections were given in the state till April 5. This a dramatic increase from 1,601 connections till March 31, 2017.
BJP MP from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur said, “The women in Himachal are aware –– socially, politically and religiously. It all started with the Prem Kumar Dhumal government in Himachal giving women 50% reservation in the Panchayati Raj elections. We have 50-60% elected woman representatives.”
A group of women from Kangra’s Ansoli village said, “Himachal has good roads now, power situation is better and LPG cylinders have reached most homes. We realise the power of our vote.”