When most people questioned her and only her husband stood by the decision she made, Chimpula Sailaja was determined to keep her word.
At a time when politicians are accused of corruption and non-fulfilment of promises, Chimpula Sailaja, a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader from Chevella territorial constituency thought out of the box and offered to sell her land to fulfil the electoral promises she had made. She put a ‘for sale’ board in front of her 100-yard land adjacent to the Hyderabad-Bijapur National Highway. The plot costs between Rs 35 to 40 lakh.
“The electoral promises I made to people got stuck due to lack of funds. But I wanted my promises to be fulfilled. It has been four years now. I assured providing proper road facilities for farmers, concrete roads for people, and proper drinking water facility. Only one year is remaining for the completion of my term. There was no other option in front me other than selling the land,” Sailaja told The Logical Indian.
Sailaja, a member of Zilla Parishad Territorial Committee (ZPTC), accused the government of not providing funds. “I was expecting Rs 20 crore for my constituency,” she said.
Whenever she went to a public meeting and gathering, people shot questions at her asking about her promises. Sailaja knocked the doors of higher officials to avail funds. She filed a writ petition with the Hyderabad High Court against Telangana government authorities. The court ordered to the state government to disburse funds within 2 months, but authorities did not take proper action even after nearly a year.
Sailaja was elected on the ticket of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). But all her efforts to release funds for developmental activities went in vain.
But she wasn’t one to give up. She kept her word to everyone who voted for her and decided sell her own land.
“We have to keep the word. We can not give false promises to people. My parents blamed me for taking such a decision. But, my husband supported me. Many people came forward to appreciate my decision,” Sailaja told The Logical Indian.
Sailaja’s efforts to fulfil her electoral promises are commendable. She brings hope at a time when public opinion about politicians is hostile and those holding office rarely stay true to their commitments.