Where and how was your husband, UML MP Chakra Dagaura Choudhary killed?
The Maoists chased him out of the house in October 2002 and killed him. They still haven't said why they killed him. Two of them had once come to demand
Rs 20,000 from us. He said he didn't believe they were Maoists because they were behaving rudely. They said they'd kill him if he didn't pay up. He said if he had to pay, he needed a few days to collect the money.
What was Charkaji doing when they came?
He was talking in the kitchen with some party cadre. They sent our daughter to call him, and then chased him out of the house and killed him about 200m away, near a neighbour's house.
How did it feel to witness your husband's murder?
I was sad. They were also communists, our beliefs were supposed to be the same. My husband and I were not capitalists, he wasn't a thief or a dacoit, he was a politician. I told myself they must have killed him because they didn't agree with his politics.He had helped them in the past. He'd acted as a lawyer for Maoists in prison and secured their release. The army used to threaten him, calling him a sympathiser.
Is that why you entered politics yourself?
I was always inspired by his politics, and after his murder I became even more committed to the cause. Even if I weren't an MP now, I'd still be in politics. I would be trying to fulfil my husband's legacy.
How do you feel when you meet the Maoists who killed your husband in the corridors of parliament?
In my heart, I am very sad. I don't feel like talking to them. I wish I never had to see them. But it's inevitable that you meet them. No one has yet said sorry.