BANGALORE: This prospective corporator can empathise with the voters when they complain of water shortage. For, she is a sufferer herself.
“Hooch Queen” Marimuthu, who is contesting the BBMP polls from Sagayapuram ward, has to reschedule her campaigning because of lack of water, as there is not enough water in her house even to bath. Moreover, private tankers too arrive late, leaving her with no other option but to reschedule.
“For the last few months, there is an acute shortage of water,” says Marimuthu. “I am buying water five times a month. One can imagine the plight of poor families in Sagayapuram ward.” The initial investigations into the hooch tragedy of July 1981 had identified her as one of the suspects. However, she was later acquitted for lack of evidence. According to the police, Marimuthu is still a rowdy-sheeter.
Marimuthu is overwhelmed by the response from the voters. Many invite her inside their home during canvassing. They not only promise her their votes but also insist her to have a glass of water or a cool drink. Even though she has cough and cold, she humbly accepts whatever she is offered, because “it is easy to get treatment for cough and cold but difficult to get the love and affection of voters".’ She canvasses between 10 am and 1 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm. She claims to have completed two rounds of canvassing at Sagayapuram ward.
She says she had started canvassing three months before the announcement of the election, with her supporters and volunteers starting canvassing on their own.
She says that she will not give her power of attorney to anyone. “I will not allow even my husband or family members to interfere in my duties as a corporator,” she asserts.
She is confident of winning the election with a huge majority.
“I secured 5,660 votes in the last elections,” she says.
“I am sure that my contribution as corporator to this ward will make it easy for me to win,’’ she says.