Ajsu’s Dhanbad candidate Hemlata S Mohan exchanges greetings with an elderly voter at Rani Pokhar village in Bokaro on Friday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Ajsu candidate from Dhanbad parliamentary seat Hemlata S. Mohan is banking on her “clean” image to gain a “fair” mileage in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
The former chairperson of the state commission for women, who joined Sudesh Mahto’s party last month, is working hard to compensate the lack of experience in political arena. Everyday, she is starting early to reach out to maximum possible voters, defying the heat and dust of the campaign trail.
Today also, she kicked off her canvassing with a meeting with dozens of teachers and students at her Sector IV residence and then set off for Rani Pokhar in Bokaro steel city around 8am.
Clad in a light green-and-yellow floral sari, she appealed to people with folded hands to vote for banana (the symbol of the Ajsu).
“Harek ko kaam, aur harek ko shiksha (work and education for all),” is the Ajsu candidate’s poll promise.
She first went to the house of Savita Devi, who was overwhelmed to see the educationist at her doorstep.
Being the lone woman candidate from this prestigious seat, Mohan is trying to garner the support of the fair sex, who constitute almost half of the electorate.
“Dhanbad has seen several politicians in the past. It should give a chance to an educationist this time,” the director and principal of Delhi Public School, Bokaro, urged the women at the village.
The political greenhorn said, “Women constitute 50 per cent of the population. However, when it comes to sharing power, parties hesitate to give tickets to woman candidates. Our party believes in giving equal opportunity to women, and that is the reason it has fielded me from this seat.”
She added that her party stood for youths, women and downtrodden.
Will she be able to put up a fight against strong opponents like BJP’s P.N. Singh or Trinamul’s Chandra Shekhar Dubey? The answer lies in the future. But, going by the response, this pretty woman stands a fair chance.
“We do not know who our male counterparts will vote for. But we promise you that our votes will go to you,” said a woman teacher at Rani Pokhar village.
From Rani Pokhar, Mohan went to Mahuar, just 5km from Bokaro steel city.
“The kind of support I am getting from different segments of society, I am sure I will win,” Mohan said.