In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal

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In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal

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Lalthlamauni or Jarjum Ete win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in the two states – which both have more women voters than men – to contest a Lok Sabha election.

This April 11, when polling begins in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh in the first phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections, a quiet breaking of ground will take place in the Northeast with two women candidates in the fray for the first time.

Whether they win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in their respective states to contest a Lok Sabha election.

Mizoram and Arunachal together contribute only three of the 543 lower house seats. But the entry of two women candidates in these border states have added a significance to the elections.

While Lalthlamauni is among the six candidates contesting for the lone Mizoram seat, Jarjum Ete is vying for a win against heavyweights such as the minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju (BJP) and former state chief minister Nabam Tuki (Congress) in the Arunachal West constituency.

Click here to read the full article published by The Wire on 9 April 2019.

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