20 October, 2020

She Fought Rumours And Dealt With Challenges. Now, Puja Badola Campaigns For AAP

Together with other volunteers, Puja Badola is busy campaigning for Atishi, the AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate for the East Delhi constituency.

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
She Fought Rumours And Dealt With Challenges. Now, Puja Badola Campaigns For AAP
outlookindia.com
2019-04-05T11:45:22+05:30

Like scores of India’s women from the lower middle class, 41-year-old Puja Badola had spent 18 years of her married life as a dedicated homemaker. But in November 2013, with no prior warning of her intent, she declared to her husband, their two sons and a daughter that she wanted to work for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). While there was some protest from the children, who were then in the final years of school, her husband, Dinesh, felt this “temporary fascination” would pass soon. It didn’t.

Five years on, Puja, of Mandawali in eastern Delhi’s Patparganj locality, leads a team of around 50 woman volunteers of the AAP. Together with other volunteers, Puja is busy campaigning for Atishi, the AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate for the East Delhi constituency.

Political activism, she concedes, has come at a price. But her brief experience of dealing with the challenges of being a woman volunteer for a fledgling political party that neither has money nor patronage to offer and is pitted against a formidable BJP—the...

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