Winning the Mysuru City Corporation bypoll election for Ashwini means much more than just winning. She contested on the seat that became vacant after death of her husband Ananthu, who represented Ward 58 passed away.
Her win was not only due to sympathy, but also because of the good work Ananthu had done and goodwill he had created among members of the ward, added to it her bold decisions and self confidence. He was Corporator won from the Congress Party.
Ashwini, being a housewife, with two children, and no support from husband who always stood by her, she did not lose her heart.
When she was denied ticket from the Congress Party, she took it as a challenge and decided to contest as Independent candidate.
In spite of facing several hurdles during the election campaigning, she did not lose her confidence, but continued her campaign personally meeting people in the ward, which ensured her victory. She confesses that it was only because of love and affection towards late Ananthu, people have elected her and she want to reciprocate back in the same way.
Strongly supporting her husbands views, she has also vowed to address the problems of the wards, and also to fulfill her husband dream. She wants to visit people personally and listen to their grievances.
'Water and UGD are the major problem of the ward. Repair of road works, and eventually laying of new UGD pipelines will be taken up. Four acres of government land is vacant in the ward. Ananthu had dreamt of construction a government hospital, Samudaya Bhavan, and a model school in the land. I want to bring them all in reality. My only goal in life is to fulfill all my husband dreams,' she adds.
She further gave a call for women not to lose confidence, and to live for others who love them. 'We have to over come all hurdles, and stand bravely. There is a solution for every problem and at any time women should not lose confidence. The pain should be with us, and not to be shown in face.'
When questioned about her plans to contest from any political party in next election, she said after holding meet with supporters she will take a call in the regard. Degree holder Ashwini has won the election by securing 1248 votes out of 3,594 votes cast (total voters 6124). In her next two year tenure she has planned several development works.