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Kalavati out of poll fray in Maharashtra

September 29, 2009 18:01 IST
It's official. Kalavati Bandurkar, the most visible face of the farm crisis in drought-hit Vidarbha, on Tuesday withdrew from Maharashtra assembly polls after a series of flip flops.

"Her (Kalavati's) son-in-law threatened that he would commit suicide if she contests the Maharashtra assembly poll," Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti, the Non Governmental Organisation supporting her candidature said.

The NGO has fielded another farmer widow Babytai Bais from the Wani seat.

Kalavati had shot into national focus after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had mentioned her plight in Parliament after a tour of Vidarbha where several debt-ridden farmers committed suicide.

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