Independent Candidate Hina Shahab Vows Overall Development in Bihar’s Siwan

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Widow of late lawmaker and strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin pledges to tackle women’s safety, education, and livelihood crisis in the constituency.

Mohammad Alamullah | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — In a bid to win the trust of women voters in Bihar’s Siwan, independent candidate Hina Shahab recently embarked on a campaign trail, engaging with constituents and addressing their concerns. During her visit to a village in Siwan, she listened attentively to women’s grievances, highlighting her family’s legacy of developmental contributions in the parliamentary constituency.

“I come from a family that delivers on its promises,” Hina Shahab remarked, as she assured the women of her commitment to address their needs. Referring to her late husband, Mohammad Shahabuddin, who served as MP from Siwan multiple times, she pointed out his role in past development initiatives, such as the construction of village roads.

Speaking to Clarion India over the phone, Hina Shahab emphasised her role as a housewife-turned-political contender, striving to maintain a relatable image during her campaign. Clad in traditional attire, including a cotton saree and an abaya (loose veil) Hina Shahab resonates with the cultural fabric of the constituency.

Shahabuddin, a prominent figure in Siwan politics, died in Delhi’s Tihar Jail during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving behind a mixed legacy marred by criminal allegations. Despite the family’s previous association with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, relations soured after his demise, leading to strained political dynamics in the region.

Facing a direct contest against the BJP candidate, Hina Shahab remains focused on addressing critical issues plaguing Siwan, including deteriorating law and order, stagnant development, and livelihood challenges. While refraining from directly criticising incumbent leaders, Hina Shahab stressed the urgent need for comprehensive reforms in various sectors.

“Women’s safety, education, health, and employment are paramount concerns,” she affirmed, calling for strengthened law enforcement and improved social infrastructure. Expressing determination to utilise the MP quota for securing additional funds, Hina Shahab pledged to advocate tirelessly for the development of Siwan.

With voting scheduled for May 25, Hina Shahab’s campaign has gained momentum despite the nomination process not yet underway. Eager to formalise her candidacy, Hina Shahab expressed confidence in being the first to submit nomination papers once registrations commence.

As the electoral landscape heats up in Siwan, Hina Shahab emerges as a formidable contender, vowing to champion the aspirations of the constituency and usher in a new era of progress and empowerment.

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