While contesting the Mansa Municipal Council elections for the first time, I felt some new experiences.
On one hand, other parties’ campaign included noisy revelry, liquor, langar, and buying votes for as much as INR 15 lakhs, on the other hand were my colleagues who arranged basic ration for tea and gas cylinders for cooking as per their own capabilities. A rickshaw puller helped with free services for transporting, and banners, posters, chairs etc. were funded by friends & allies.
Instead of campaigning in the traditional way, the revolutionary plays were performed and rallies were held at common places. Nearest and dearest families arranged for ceremonies to donate fruits and other goods at their own expenses. Women played an important role in the door to door campaigning and at the polling booths. The revolutionary stars shone bright during the all night events called “Jaago”. In the results today the labour class stood up for their rights and for truth.
Our team managed to make a name for itself at third place. I will always be proud of these 104 Kohinoors (votes). My colleagues stood firm even in the face of strong whirlwinds and managed to save their identity and existence.
May these diamonds always shine!
(photo credits: Nav Rahi)