Close
Igniting Ideas For impact

Embarking on a transformative journey through six chapters, we traverse India's landscape, exploring pioneering startups and their revolutionary...

10 months

95-Year-Old Jal Devi Will Stand for UP Assembly Elections; Promises to ‘Lathi-Charge’ Corruption

The wheelchair-bound nonagenarian has filed her nomination as an independent candidate and says she wants to fight corruption within the system.

95-Year-Old Jal Devi Will Stand for UP Assembly Elections; Promises to ‘Lathi-Charge’ Corruption

Jal Devi is a 95-year-old woman who is absolutely fed up with the way political parties and politicians function in her community. Hence the feisty woman from Uttar Pradesh has filed nominations so she can stand for the upcoming assembly elections herself. She will be running as an independent candidate not affiliated to any party. And as far as she is concerned, her age will be of no consequence to her serving her constituents if she is voted into office.

Jal Devi in many ways is an unlikely candidate. Bound to a wheelchair, she, however, believes she is the best person to navigate and root out corruption in the constituency. This move could possibly make her the oldest candidate to stand for the elections.

Some may write her off because of her age but she warns her naysayers not to mistake her for a lightweight. A veteran in her own right, she notes that she had won the Zila Panchayat with 12,000 votes. Speaking to ANI, she also notes that despite her age, she still believes she can help the community and be productive.


You may also like: Responsible Citizens: Transgenders Register to Vote as ‘Third Gender’ in Upcoming WB Elections


She says, “Current government is fooling and troubling people. If they don’t stop I also have my Lathi (her walking stick), which can swing anytime. I will fight till my body allows. After me, my son would carry forward the legacy.”

Jal Devi has filed her papers in Kheragarh and the elections will be held between February 11 and March 8. Here’s hoping the lady along with her lathi is able to successfully beat the corruption out of our system.

Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: [email protected], or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

If you found our stories insightful, informative, or even just enjoyable, we invite you to consider making a voluntary payment to support the work we do at The Better India. Your contribution helps us continue producing quality content that educates, inspires, and drives positive change.

Choose one of the payment options below for your contribution-

By paying for the stories you value, you directly contribute to sustaining our efforts focused on making a difference in the world. Together, let’s ensure that impactful stories continue to be told and shared, enriching lives and communities alike.

Thank you for your support. Here are some frequently asked questions you might find helpful to know why you are contributing?

Support the biggest positivity movement section image
Support the biggest positivity movement section image

This story made me

  • feel inspired icon
    97
  • more aware icon
    121
  • better informative icon
    89
  • do something icon
    167

Tell Us More

Shorts

Shorts

See All
X