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‘Polls have not changed my life,routine remains the same’

On Thursday,when Delhi went to the polls,Ramesh Kumar spent the day running from one area to another like all other contestants,making sure the elections went off well.

Written by Hamari Jamatia | New Delhi |
May 11, 2009 2:28:21 am

On Thursday,when Delhi went to the polls,Ramesh Kumar spent the day running from one area to another like all other contestants,making sure the elections went off well. On Sunday,he was found doing the same again,as Fatehpur Beri in South Delhi held re-polls in two booths.

“On Election Day,it was found that 38 people had cast their vote up to three times at these two booths,hence the Election Commission ordered a re-poll. I have been here since the morning,” Kumar says.

While Sunday’s re-polling may have presented him with a great excuse to visit his constituency,Kumar says he does not need an excuse to do what is needed. Just like during the month before the elections,he is visiting his constituency,meeting people and listening to their grievances.

However,with the elections getting over,Kumar is getting more time to spend with his family. He is looking for a suitable match for his youngest daughter. “My two elder daughters are already married and are very happy. I am looking for a groom for my youngest,who has just completed her MBA. So far,I haven’t come across a satisfactory boy,” Kumar says as he prepares to go for an engagement ceremony.

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He wakes up at 5 am,does his yoga and puja and then heads out to the fields,where his party workers await him. After he replaced his brother Sajjan Kumar as the Congress candidate from South Delhi,he has been busy winning the confidence of people loyal to his brother.

“It is a tough job,but I enjoy it because I like meeting people. Unless I meet them,mera khana hazam nahi hota,” he says.

On Sunday,while other aspirants took the day off from their political commitments,Kumar was at Fatehpur Beri at 7 am giving directions to party workers. He only took one break,in the afternoon,when he sat in his party office nearby. In the evening,around 5 pm,when the polling got over,he headed home where,he said,another group of people were waiting for him. “The elections have not changed my life in any way. The routine remains the same,” he says.

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