Ex-lawmaker’s mother still selling pakoras

Biratnagar, November 10

In her late sixties, Bolodevi Modi, the mother of former lawmaker Amanlal Modi still runs stall where she sells pakora at Tilathi Chowk in Morang’s Budhiganga Rural Municipality-7.

She raised her seven children with the money she earned by selling pakoras. After the death of her husband Pawanlal about 31 years ago, the responsibility of looking after her kids fell on her shoulders. Although she also washed dishes at people’s homes, she later started selling pakora.

Bolodevi is in the business for 15 years now.

“Though my sons ask me to leave the business, I don’t want to quit as this is what helped me earn my livelihood and raise my kids after my husband’s death,” she said.

Amanlal had joined the Maoist party while he was studying in Mahendra Morang Campus of Biratnagar. After being arrested, he was in prison for two-and-a-half years. He was later elected to the Constituent Assembly. He is contesting as a leftist alliance candidate from Morang-4 for the parliamentary seat this time.

“I was very happy after he became a lawmaker. Now I want to see him as a minister,” Bolodevi said.