In eight block samiti zones in Amritsar district of Punjab,women are likely to play a pivotal role in electing candidates to the May 19 rural polls.
Interestingly,all the eight zones Nangli,Khabba Rajputtan,Butala,Jamalpur,Jodhe,Pheruman,Sangatpura and Kaleke had more men registered as voters than women,a trend similar in 106 out of the 107 block samiti zones in the district. The only exception was Sarangdev in Ajnala block,where there were two women more than the men voters. Sarangdev,however,saw more men voting than women.
There are nine blocks in Amritsar Ajnala,Chogawan,Harsha Chhina,Verka,Attari,Jandiala Guru,Majithia,Rayya and Tarsikka. In all,there are 176 block samiti zones,out of which SAD candidates have been already been elected unopposed in 69 zones.
Among the eight zones in question,while the first six fall in Rayya block,the remaining two are in Tarsikka. In Nangli,the gap between votes cast by men and women was 194 against 2,710 registered women voters,1,995 turned up to vote. On the other hand,out of 2,742 men,1,801 voted. In Butala,while 1,413 men and 1,516 female voted,in Jamalpur,1,664 men and 1,774 women cast their franchise.
On an average,block samiti polls in Amritsar have registered a poll percentage of 57.54 per cent.