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.
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.”
Agra: In Kheragarh, 95-year-old zila panchayat member Jal Devi filed her nomination on Tuesday as an independent candidate pic.twitter.com/inpyTXr13r
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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.