Kalawati to fight Maharashtra assembly polls:
Kalawati Bandurkar, the poor widow whose name Congress general
secretary Rahul Gandhi had mentioned in his parliament speech last
year, will be contesting the Maharashtra assembly polls as a
candidate of the Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, a party....
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Ending weeks of uncertainty over her contesting
polls, Kalavati Bandurkar on Friday filed nomination papers from
Wani Assembly constituency as an independent.
Kalavati had earlier made the
Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi mentioned her in Parliament to highlight the plight of
debt-ridden farmers in Vidarbha.
She was accompanied by
a physician and Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJS) president Kishori
Kalavati, who was
hospitalised on Thursday night after she complained of chest pain
drove in an ambulance to the Assistant Returning officer in Wani to
file the papers, Tiwari told PTI.
48-year-old widow of a Vidarbha farmer, had said she was being
“pressurised to contest elections and was unaware of what election
and politics were.”
“I do not want to
contest the elections,” she had told a newspaper alleging that
workers of the VJS had made her announce before the TV cameras that
she would contest the Assembly elections.
Tiwari, whose VJS is
sponsoring her election, had told PTI, “She is saying such
things because she does not want to lose financial aid from Sulabh.”
After Rahul Gandhi
mentioned her name in Parliament last year, Sulabh International had
committed to deposit Rs 30 lakh in Kalavati’s bank account.
founder of Sulabh International had asked Ms. Kalavati to “refrain
from joining politics” and render social service.
Kalavati is backed by
RPI-led Republican Left Democratic Front (RLDF).