Not willing to take the blame, the Congress party`s women wing president Prabha Thakur said: "We received more serious applications this time and recommended nearly 100 names for the Lok Sabha. But the final choice by the leadership is based on many other considerations."
But BJP`s Mahila Morcha president Kiran Maheshwari believes women still face resistance in the political field. "Though the space for women in politics is expanding, I feel there is still resistance for women."
The phenomenon, however, is not new, says political scientist Vandana Dixit. "Apart from big names like Sonia Gandhi and Sushma Swaraj, most women candidates put up by the major parties have always been given weak seats," she adds.
Image: BJP leader and candidate from Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh Sushma Swaraj interacts with an elderly woman during her election campaign.