Posted on 09 February 2017.
The stage is set for the first of the seven-phase polling in the mega Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, and an independent candidate from Fatehpur Sikri assembly seat in Agra is grabbing headlines.
Vandana Sharma, an undergraduate, is standing toe-to-toe with political behemoths armed with determination to bring basic amenities to her village Nagla Brahman.
Aware of the financial crunch, the 25-year-old farmer’s daughter campaigns in her constituency on a scooty and when it came to filing for nomination to contest polls she dug into her savings from the pocket money to make a security deposit of Rs 10,000.
But what inspired Vandana to contest polls was the plight of her cousin, who she says is paralysed and unable to speak for 18 years due to lack of medical facilities. She says,
“My cousin’s plight inspired me to fight elections, I want to fight for the development of my village which lacks water, power and health facilities.”
Vandana told that her parents wanted to marry her off but she sees fighting polls as her last resort. She vowed not to marry until she has worked towards opening of a medical store and an intermediate college in her village which is she claims is largely neglected.