Auto driver to appeal for Re 1, 1 vote in New Delhi

With an appeal for one rupee and one vote, Sunita Chaudhary is ready to hit the streets in her autorickshaw, which is no less than “a Lancer car” to her.

The 36-year-old, who originally hails from Meerut, is the candidate for the J&K National Panthers Party from New Delhi parliamentary constituency.

Chaudhary started doing odd jobs at factories when she first came to Delhi around 16 years back. After fighting a long battle against dowry in her marriage, she realised she wanted to be in “a full-fledged profession”.

“This is when I decided to learn driving so that I could drive my own autorickshaw. I did not want to look back. This vehicle has been my best companion for the past eight years,” said Chaudhary, patting the auto-rickshaw.

Currently a resident of Khirki Extension, she claims to know “every nook and corner” of the New Delhi constituency as she ferries commuters in her vehicle.

“Door-to-door campaigning is not a task for me. Wherever I go, I will appeal for Re 1 and one vote. Even if one woman from every family votes for me, I will bag a considerable number of votes.”

According to her, she would be only a phone call away if she wins a seat. 

“Look at Khetan (Ashish Khetan of the Aam Aadmi Party). He hardly knows the problems of this constituency. If I win, I will solve residents’ problems of bijli, paani (electricity and water) over the phone even while I am driving my vehicle,” said Chaudhary, pausing to give directions to Ashoka Road to a motorist.

Chaudhary, who has passed her Matriculation examination, reads Hindi newspapers and watches news on TV to update herself on current affairs. “From what I have been lately reading, cases of honour killing and rape have multiplied,” she said.

On women

“The way we think about women needs to change. Death sentence may not act as a deterrent to rape,” said Chaudhary, adding that she read this in an editorial. As a woman driver, she said she feels confident to drive in the capital’s streets, be it “any hour of the day or night”.

Even if not a seasoned politician, she is not a debutant in fighting the polls either.“I know the dynamics of politics. I fought the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as a candidate of the United Women’s Front. Or was it the Assembly elections?” she asked herself.

“Anyway, I have to rush to Jamnagar House now from where I will get the election symbol,” she said.

“Following this, I have to get handbills printed and start campaigning,” she added in an afterthought.   

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