Women constitute less than a tenth of the candidates fielded in UP by the four political Over the years, women have not enjoyed much success in the UP elections, which may be one of the reasons that parties are so reluctant to field them. The SP'>BSP and the SP are contesting all 403 seats in UP, while the Congress is contesting 357 and the BJP 399. Only 137 of these 1,500-plus candidates are women.
The SP'>BSP and the SPs support to womens reservation has been nuanced in that they insist on a sub-quota for SC/STs, OBC and minorities within the 33 per cent. Party-wise, the BJP has fielded the largest number of women, 42, followed by the SPs 36 and the Congresss 33 (its ally RLD has three). Mayawatis SP'>BSP has nominated only 26 women.