This is one MCD election contestant who knows the pulse and heart rate of the voters literally.
As Dr Sambit Patra walks around Kashmiri Gate area,many mistake him for a doctor on the rounds.
Dr Patra,however,is a BJP candidate for the municipal councillors seat from the ward.
Mein naali aur naadi sab theek karunga (I will fix both the drains and pulse rate). If you vote for me,you will get both a doctor and a councillor. You have been availing the facilities of free medical health camps organised by me. Even after the elections,I will be a call away for cure of any ailment. I will cure kidney stones,blood pressure and every other disease, he says,checking an elderly woman with his stethoscope.
Amma tumhara blood
pressure,heart beat rate sab badiya hai. Hamesha yun hi healthy and khush rehna (You are in the best of health. Always be healthy and happy), he tells her.
Patra has completed his Master of Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He worked as Chief Medical Officer of Hindu Rao Hospital for nearly 12 years.
His rivals say this health check-up during campaigning is a gimmick,but Dr Patra calls the stethoscope his identity.
When I go to a place for campaigning,people say humare doctor saheb aa gaye (Our doctor is here). The people associate me with my stethoscope. Several voters have come to me for treatment. They have faith in me. When I meet them,I dont even ask for votes. They smile and invite me to their homes,this is a victory for me, he says.
Dr Patra is from Dhanbad in Jharkhand,and his family is based in Frankfurt. He claims that the sorry state of development made him join
The ward has three government hospitals,but such is the state of affairs that women are unable to get treatment. I wish to change all this. Development is incomplete if there arent better health facilities, he says.
Dr Patra also credits his political debut to Anna Hazare. Addressing voters at Old Gas Colony in Kashmiri Gate,he says: I have left my job which paid me around Rs 2 lakh. I am not here to extort money and fill my pockets.