A rag-picker making her way into politics

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Sojal Yashwant Bhalerao who is 54 years of age is a rag-picker who is bravely contesting the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) elections to be held on November 1. Her daily routine begins at 5 in the morning, searching for garbage, picking up old electronic items, plastic refuse and bottles, which she sells at scrap shops. By noon, she hits the campaign trail for herself. Bhalerao has done some social work for the underprivileged in her locality. She also donates free grains.

Bhalerao is trying her luck at ward number 73, Indira Nagar, Kalyan Road at Dombivli East.The woman who has studied only till Std III hails from Buldhana, and has been a rag picker for over 30 years.But so sure is she of changing things, that Bhalerao saved the money to pay for the deposit of Rs 2,500, to contest the elections. She is hopeful that she will win because she says all the other candidates are rich.

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