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Ajsu invokes woman power

- Hemlata joins politics

Ranchi, March 24: It seems chairing the state commission for women was shadow-practice for well-known academic Hemlata S. Mohan, as Ajsu today inducted her into the party while stressing its “commitment” to women’s empowerment and dropping hints about fielding her in Dhanbad.

If photogenic Mohan becomes Ajsu nominee for theprestigious Dhanbad parliamentary seat, she will be pitchforked into being arguably the most visible female face in Jharkhand this Lok Sabha.

The 56-year-old formally joined the party at a simple function held at Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto’s Kanke home in Ranchi.

“Development of the country is not possible if women are sidelined from social mainstream. Ajsu gives equal opportunity to women,” Mohan, a member of the governing body of Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority, said.

Interacting with mediapersons, Sudesh said his party had always worked to ensure sasaktikaran of women and to protect their samman. “Women’s empowerment is an integral part of the socio-political agenda of the party,” he added.

Asked if the Ajsu would give Mohan a ticket, Sudesh was guarded. “These matters will be discussed at the party’s board meeting,” he said.

But party insiders said Mohan — the director and principal of Delhi Public School, Bokaro Steel City — was likely to be given the Dhanbad ticket.

Mohan, who chaired the state women’s commission from 2010 to 2013, may be a novice in politics but her educational background and clean image were her USP, many hold. Giving her a ticket will help the party polarise women voters and make inroads into the elite vote bank in Dhanbad, considered a BJP bastion.

A recipient of the National Teacher Award (2004) and Gandhi Samman Award (2009) among others, Mohan, as the women’s panel chief, had piloted the project “Awaken Women, Awaken Society”. She runs centres to educate the poor and train women in vocations.