Four women and a battle for justice
With 140 Assembly constituencies going into polls, on April 6, Kerala will witness a fierce triangular battle the state has ever witnessed. The LDF, UDF and NDA have fielded their strongest for the high voltage battle.
However, there are a few candidates fighting this election for causes above politics. They have diverted the attention from the party politics and taken the electoral fray to a new dimension.
The mother of Walayar girls is contesting the elections as an independent from Dharmadom constituency of Kannur against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. A homemaker, she entered the electoral fray to take on Vijayan and to serve justice to her two minor daughters who were allegedly raped and murdered.
According to the mother, the CM and the government, didn’t keep their three promises towards her. They turned a blind eye towards her request to take action against the police officials who tried to sabotage the case. The other promises of putting all the culprits in jail and a central agency probe were not kept even after four years of her girls’ death.
Her election symbol, a baby frock, is causing grave pain in the minds of people and bringing a new and painful attention to the election.
"I am not contesting to become an MLA or a minister... My fight in Dharmadom is seeking dharma...I want to ask the Chief Minister where is justice," the woman, who had recently tonsured her head to protest the alleged inaction against the police personnel said, while speaking to mathrubhumi.com.
Anannyah Kumari Alex, a 28-year-old transwoman is set to script history by becoming the person from her community to contest an Assembly election in Kerala. She is taking on Muslim league heavyweight PK Kunhalikutty in Vengara of Malappuram.
She is entering the electoral fray to ensure gender equality and to uplift transgender community.
Contesting in the ticket of Democratic Social Justice Party, Anannyah believes a public representative’s opinion will have great value in the society.
“I decided to contest the polls to represent my community. Apart from raising demands for my community, I think we should have a representative in the government. I want to prove the efficiency of transgender people. I think I will be able to prove it if elected. I have to discuss many subjects with the society, meet many demands and achieve many things,” Anannyah told Mathrubhumi.
Projecting the existence of misogyny in Kerala politics, former Congress leader and Mahila Congress chief, Lathika Subash is contesting as an independent from Ettumanoor constituency of Kottayam.
She shocked everyone by tonsuring her head in front of the party office after being denied ticket in the election, after 32 years of party work, to make way for her male colleagues. Lathika firmly believes she was more than deserving for a UDF ticket and was denied the same as she was a woman.
"My protest is against those people who crumbled the womenfolk in all walks of life. Not only the Congress party or CPI (M) or BJP, but every political party. It was for a noble cause, not for my seat. Women are saying they will vote for me because I raised my voice for the cause of women. So, I am confident they will give me their votes. And youngsters too are promoting me. So, I am confident, I will win”.
K K Rema, the widow of slain RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan is contesting the election as an independent from Vadakara constituency of Kozhikode, to fight against the alleged murderous politics and political fascism by ruling CPI(M).
Rema is now the leader of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) which was formed by her husband, a former CPM leader after parting ways with it. TP was the political icon at his hometown Onchiyam, a village in Vadakara. He was hacked to death in May 2012 allegedly by CPM workers.
She was hesitant to enter the fray at first, but later gave in to the love of supporters and announced her candidature. UDF soon extended their support to Rema, who is seen as a strong opponent to LDF’s Manayath Chandran and NDA’s Rajesh Kumar.
Speaking to mathrubhumi.com, Rema said, “My fight is against the anti-people policies of the Left and the brutal murders carried out in the name of politics”.