Woman breaks fast after son turns MLA

Woman breaks fast after son turns MLA

Power of faith

All she wanted was to see her politician son become a member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly or Parliament and had taken a pledge to  live only on fruit and milk till her wish was fulfilled.

She had to wait for 10 long years before her prayer was answered. Her son finally became an MLA  on Congress ticket and a happy mother broke her fast.

Congress legislator from the Rudhauli Assembly constituency in Basti district, about 200 km from here, Sanjay Pratap Jaiswal’s mother Maya Devi broke her fast at the temple of the famous local deity Bairwa Devi, where her son had organised a grand religious function after his win.

Seventy-year-old Maya Devi had taken the vow before the deity in the year 2002 when her son had lost the Assembly polls from the seat. It was Sanjay Jaiswal’s first election and he had been relegated to third position in it.

Jaiswal was again given the ticket by his party in 2007 Assembly elections. This time he improved his performance but was defeated. He had finished second in an indication that he was getting closer to the mark. His performance in the 2008 Lok Sabha by-poll from Khalilabad seat however was dismal and he was relegated to fourth position.

Jaiswal may have had lost hope but his mother had not. In the recent Assembly polls, he was again fielded from the seat and this time he trounced his rivals to emerge victorious.

The mother once again visited the Bairwa Devi temple to express her gratitude. “I knew my wish would be fulfilled one day”, she said as she broke her fast at the hands of her son at the religious function a few days back.

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