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Monday , March 25 , 2013
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Ajsu woos aadhi aabadi

Ranchi, March 24: An Ajsu mahila panchayat today thronged with around one-lakh women supporters from across Jharkhand who promised to grow plantains and swore by the banana to vote for the party in elections for positive changes in their lives.

Stepping up its preparations for the coming Lok Sabha and state polls, Ajsu whose election symbol is banana has been organising lok panchayats in various constituencies in the recent months.

Its show of commitment towards women was the buzzword today, as it rang out a latest slogan — sashakta mahila, samriddha mahila, sammanit mahila (empowered woman, flourishing woman, honoured woman).

Those who could not get a closer glimpse of Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto at the dais in Morabadi grounds watched him intently on LCD screens.

And an overwhelmed Mahto did not disappoint them, promising women would from now on choose their own paths of growth.

He promised to incorporate suggestions received from the participants today in Ajsu’s election manifesto and execute them in toto, if voted to power.

He added a committee had already been formed to study and analyse problems faced by women across the state.

“Our fight is for maa aur mati (mother and earth). Educating women will be our first priority. There are 1.69 crore women and girls in Jharkhand. Many migrate to other places to make a living as domestic help, whereas girls or women from other states migrate to big cities to work as nurse, teacher and in other sectors. We don’t believe in criticising others. We only want to strengthen ourselves. And, to gain real strength, we have to take along the aadhi aabadi, which remains neglected since ages,” Mahto said.

The women leaders, who addressed the gathering, were fulsome in his praise.

“As the panchayati raj minister, he (Mahto) ensured 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayati raj bodies. He helped women turn financially independent through self-help groups for running rural development schemes. He promoted girls in the field of sports and tried to set up model villages. If he becomes the chief minister, our lives will change,” added a speaker.