Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers in Gujarat have vowed to visit every district of Gujarat to persuade voters to teach ‘the anti-women, oppressive, Hilter-shahi and tyrannical state government’ in the coming assembly polls.
This comes just weeks after the video of one ASHA worker throwing bangles at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat had gone viral on social media platforms.
Around 400 of 42,000-odd ASHA workers from Vadodara, Anand, Surendranagar and other districts held a Snehmilan (meeting) in Kapurai village in Vadodara district on Thursday, during which they took a pledge to campaign against the BJP government, reported Indian Express. The campaign is being led by government school teacher Chandrika Solanki, who is under suspension for leading the ASHA protests, the workers called it a ‘battle of emancipation’ of women, who have been ‘long-exploited.’
Chandrika had thrown bangles at Modi during his road show in Vadodara last month prompting the prime minister to to hurriedly get into his car. Security officials present at the VIP Road, where the incident took place, had immediately detained Chandrika before she could repeat her act.
Not so long ago, a group of ASHA workers chasing down a local BJP MLA in Vadodara too had gone viral. Faced with protests by ASHA workers, the MLA from Karjan in Vadodara, Satish Patel was heard saying, “don’t abuse me, abuse (Narendra) Modi.”
On Thursday, when ASHA workers met to decide their future plans to campaign across Gujarat against the BJP, their banners read, “Soshanwali ye sarkar nahi chahiye abki baar (We don’t need exploitative government this time)” and “Hu shoshit chu, hu Gujarat chu, hu dukhi chu, hu pareshaan chu, ganda vikas no hu shikar chuthe (I am oppressed, I am Gujarat, I am sad, I am worried, I am the victim of the lunatic Vikas).”
Chandrika urged the women to ensure that “BJP leaders are chased away from each village.” “They thought we are poor, and many illiterate, could not take on the government…” she said.