While both Meghalaya and Tripura celebrates the winning of four women candidates to their respective state legislative assembly, Nagaland, on the other hand, is yet to elect it’s first ever lady legislator since the first state election which took place in 1963.
For the first time in the history of matrilineal Meghalaya, it saw the highest number of women legislators elected beating the earlier record of three women. The four candidates were Deborah Marak, Dikancchi D Shira, Ampareen Lyngdoh and Roshan Warjri. Incidentally all four victorious were from the Congress party which fielded six.
This year twenty-five women took part in the Meghalaya election.
In Tripura, 31 women members were in the fray in 2008, the number came down to 14 this time and four candidates made it to the state legislative assembly, all of them won through CPI (M) tickets. The list of winning candidates include Priyamani Debbarma, Rita Kar, Gouri Das and Bijita Nath.
In the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, two women fielded their candidature – Dr Yangerla contested from 27th Mokokchung town A/C and Rakhila Lakhiumong from 54 Tuensang II A/C. However, both of them failed to win a seat.
Looking at the result of the two states, it might come as a bit of a surprise to see that Nagaland doesn’t have any women representatives in the state assembly. This is all the more surprising looking at the fact that polling percentage of female voters in Nagaland surpassed their male counterparts in the February 23 assembly elections.
This has raised a rather pertinent question as to whether the issue of women’s reservation is neccessary in the Naga society at large, seeing, as their official representation in the decision making of the society remains peripheral at best. This sentiment has been echoed by;
Rosemary Dzuvichu, Nagaland University professor and adviser to Naga Mother's Association, the apex naga women body told The Morung Express, "This is a clear indication of why Naga women need reservation".
Early this year, Naga Mother’s Association who won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the “2nd Times of India Social Impact Awards”, has been campaigning for women reservation in the state assembly for some years now.