Ranchi, Nov 25: When the door to violence is closed with enhanced security set up, Naxals have resorted to a unique way of disrupting the elections. They have fielded relatives and kin as candidates from various political parties.
Some of them have decided to join the electoral process themselves. Incidentally, there are 6 such members. Manorama Devi, wife of naxal leader Gautam Paswan, is fighting on Jharkhand Vikash Morcha's ticket from Chatra.
Sudha Chaudhary, daughter-in-law of Bihar Assembly speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary, is fighting on JD(U) ticket from Chatarpur. Uday's alliances with the Naxals is not unknown to anyone. Likewise, Sanjay Singh contesting on RJD ticket is a former Naxal himself.
The authorities are having a tough time now. They have to battle the Naxals from two sides-in the jungles and in the polling booths. While 50,000 security personnel including the para military jawans have been deployed, a close watch is being kept on the relatives of the Naxals who are openly campaigning on the streets.