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Raakhi Birla’s road show fails to stir locals

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Raakhi Birla with H S Phoolka in Ludhiana. Gurmeet Singh Raakhi Birla with H S Phoolka in Ludhiana. Gurmeet Singh

Former minister of women & child, social welfare and languages in Arvind Kejriwal’s 49-day government in Delhi, Raakhi Birla campaigned in city on Wednesday. Her road show started from railway station and moved towards the Old City areas targeting families from low income groups.

However, her campaigning failed to strike a cord with the locals as hardly any rush was witnessed as she moved on with Ludhiana candidate H S Phoolka in an open jeep.

Clad in usual khadi kurta and Gandhi cap, typical AAP style, she moved ahead with folded hands but people failed to recognize her. Not only common people but also AAP workers were a confused lot.

Sanjay Singh, wearing AAP badge and Kejriwal flag in hand, said, “I arrived at railway station as we were told some Raakhi is coming. I thought it must be Raakhi Sawant. I didn’t know any Raakhi Birla.”

The video surveillance team of election office recorded the whole road show and told media that AAP took permission to start their road show from railway station premises. “Since permission was taken it is no violation to gather on a public property. However, they gave us time of 10 am and road show started at 2 pm only. But we were present in advance to check there is no violation,” said an official.

When media tried to interact with Birla, an interesting reply from H S Phoolka left all bewildered. “Where is electronic media and TV van? Aren’t they here?,” he said. Meanwhile, Rakhi’s parents Bhupinder Singh and Sheela, were not provided any transport at railway station which left them disappointed and later a car was arranged for them.

The road show went through Clock tower, Naali mohalla, Chaawni Mohalla, Peeru Mohalla, Janakpuri, Salem Tabri, Jalandhar Bypass, Issa Nagar and other areas with migrant population but with low response.

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