‘We have been suffering without respite but I feel that the promise Kejriwal made gives us hope’

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Urmila | 35 Labour Activist, NEW Delhi
Urmila | 35 | Labour Activist, NEW Delhi. Photo: Arun Sehrawat

Arvind Kejriwal should become the prime minister because it was his Aam Aadmi Party that brought information to the common person for the first time. We were not aware of all the scams that were happening, at least not of the magnitude, nor were we completely aware of our rights. They brought the information to the people, gave us awareness on different issues and allowed us to make our own decision; no other party or leader has done that before. Last time, I voted for the BSP. Now, I have faith in AAP and Kejriwal and will vote for them.

At the local level, the main problem is water. In the past 25 years that I have lived here, no one has taken up this issue. Though tankers come, they don’t provide enough water for all the people living here, so we are dependent on a few tubewells. However, when it rains, insects and all kinds of filth come out of the tubewell; the water is not good enough to wash clothes, let alone drink. At the national level, women’s safety is key. Women need to be able to walk around without a sense of fear. The Centre really needs to look into measures to ensure women’s security.

I strongly feel that every vote is important, as my one vote could form or break the government. More people need to realise the value of their vote, because if they want change, then they have to vote sensibly. We have been suffering without respite but I feel that the promise Kejriwal made gives us hope. Granted that they weren’t able to fulfil their promises because there were forces that ensured that they didn’t succeed, but we have faith that they will deliver.

As told to Avalok Langer

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