Mumbai, April 4 -- As it turns out, the Lok Sabha battle for Mumbai's six seats has three women in the fray - Priya Dutt and Urmila Matondkar of the Congress, Poonam Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party - to count the major parties. The Mumbai North Central seat will see a battle between two of them as Dutt takes on Mahajan for the second time in their careers.

Giving nomination to two women allows the Congress to crow that it has implemented the 33% reservation for women in electoral politics in Mumbai. Matondkar's candidature did not happen organically. But the former Bollywood star seems to have hit the right notes in her campaign thanks to her and her family's political grounding.

The Congress party's manifesto was released earlier t...