April 14, 2009 1:50:07 am
If popularity is any measure of belonging,then Nafisa Ali can’t be dubbed an outsider.
The SP candidate from Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency proved this beyond doubt on Monday in Alambagh. At every door she knocked on during her door-to-door campaign,people greeted her as their very own.
On her part,Nafisa insisted: I am an activist,Mulayam Singh’s representative,here to fight for your cause.
Shaking hands,hugging the young and old alike,Sanjay Dutt’s replacement made every attempt to match the charisma of Munnabhai.
And very successfully too.
Clad in white salwar kameez and sports shoes,the Miss India of 1976 hit the road in an open jeep,waving and amid kisses amid chanting of slogans by supporters. She alternated it with gestures of cycling,reminding the voters of the party she represents now. On narrow roads,she preferred to park her vehicle and walk.
I want to meet everybody, she told her coordinator. Entering a narrow lane,she caught up with a group of boys playing carrom and chess. Getting a grasp of the game within seconds,she advanced to the chess board and surprised the spectators with a well-thought move. As the journey continued,she sometimes offered a big aadab,or appealed for votes with folded hands.
In pamphlets being circulated,Nafisa has listed her profile swimming champion,Miss India,actress and activist. That’s not all. The daughter of ace photographer Ahmed Ali,she never misses an opportunity to mention the documentary Where did we go wrong which she made on Gujarat riots.
Leaving Cong a note of protest
Nafisa insisted that one of the many reasons she left Congress was her objection against nominations for Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. She said she was the first person to speak out against their inclusion in the Congress list of candidates. The wife of a Sikh,Nafisa said she could feel the pain of the Sikh community and raised the issue which was being downplayed by partymen.
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