A housewife from Gurgaon has decided to make a difference to the political scene. Despite being aware of her almost-impossible chances to post a victory in the general elections, Usha Rani is contesting as an Independent to make a point.
The only female candidate out of 22 in the Gurgaon Lok Sabha seat, Rani wants to at least be heard as she raises women-specific demands in a realm of male domination. “Only a woman can understand what women go through every day on the streets, markets and almost any public place. We constitute nearly half the population and still face such problems in society which are not being controlled,” she says.
Usha adds that women need a representative who can raise their issues. Therefore, her election symbol — a sewing machine —embodies women power, she says.
A mother of two, Usha always wished to contribute to the society in some way. She had been planning to fight the polls for the past six years but was constrained by family responsibilities. “Earlier, my kids were small and it would have been very difficult for me take on the added responsibility,” says Usha who has a 12-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son.
The biggest motivation has come from her husband MK Verma who has also been actively campaigning for his wife.
The housewife’s security deposit might not be too safe, but she feels that even if some take heed of her visions, it will be an outright victory for her.