‘Politics being played in the name of farm-widows`
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 23:21
Yavatmal: The flip-flop by Kalawati Bandurkar, a farmer's widow who shot into limelight after Rahul Gandhi mentioned her plight in Parliament, over fighting next month's Assembly polls has evoked sharp reaction here.

Farmers and women activists have said farm activists are indulging in political gimmicks. Kalawati (48) was named to contest the October 13 polls from Wani in Yavatmal district as a nominee of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti (VJS), an NGO working for farmers in the region.

Former Zilla Parishad President and activist Venutai Katawale said a handful of people are trying to exploit the situation in Vidarbha, where hundreds of farmers have committed suicide in the last few years.

She expressed concern over the politics of election being played with the widows of these farmers.

"As a matter of fact, Kalawati Bandurkar and Indira Kelkar (another widow who is likely to contest) have nothing to do with politics and they do not intend to take a sudden plunge into politics," Katawale said.

Vidarbha Aghadi, the brainchild of VJS President Kishor Tiwari, has decided to field a few farmer-widows to attract public attention towards the ongoing agrarian crisis. Sharad Joshi-led Sethkari Sanghatana has reportedly extended support to the Aghadi for polls.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 23:21

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