Delhi tea-seller contest the MCD elections
Shobha Devi, 39, a homemaker, is the wife of e-rickshaw driver Subhash Singh. Devi who ran a tea shop till recently closed it and now sits behind her husband’s e-rickshaw, campaigning across Tughlaqabad village. They were earlier foot soldiers of the BJP but chose to contest solo, when the party did not give them a ticket. “Locals urged us to contest the election. With a paltry earning, it would not have been possible of they had not helped us. The villagers contributed money and paid for the loudspeakers fixed on top of the rickshaw. After living here for 28 years, we see an opportunity. Everyone advised us to contest and are helping us with the finances.” Outside Eros cinema in Jangpura, Kaushalya Devi,34, sells tea with her husband. The couple claimed they were earlier AAP volunteers, determined to rid the MCD of corrupt officers who sealed their tea shop multiples times and asked for bribes each time. Claiming to be disillusioned with the AAP, they joined the Nationalist Congress Party in December and got a ticket.