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Digvijay’s wife rides high on sympathy wave

Independent candidate Putul Singh,wife of former Banka MP the late Digvijay Singh,seems to be enjoying a clear edge over her opponent.

Independent candidate Putul Singh,wife of former Banka MP the late Digvijay Singh,seems to be enjoying a clear edge over her opponent RJD’s Jaiprakash Narain Yadav. Besides her,there are five other Independent candidates in the fray.

The JD-U and the Congress have not put up any candidate against her. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had even offered to field Putul Singh on party ticket.

The RJD,which had earlier promised to back Putul Singh,insisted that she contest as the party nominee. Later,it decided to field former minister Yadav,who had finished second against Independent Digvijay Singh in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

In a constituency that has an equal number of Yadav and Rajput voters,it is the EBC and scheduled caste voters who can seal the fate of the Banka seat.

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The overriding sympathy factor,after the untimely demise of Digvijay Singh,is what is working in Putul Singh’s favour. Prabhakar Singh,a Kumradih resident,said: “There is no need for Putul bhabhi to campaign. We can understand her sense of loss due to the demise of Dada (as Digvijay Singh was known). Dada had brought railway connectivity to this place.”

Putul Singh said: “I have not been attacking any party. I want votes to keep up the good work of my husband.”

An MA in Hindi,she is able to relate with the audience immediately. She also unfailingly reminds voters about Digvijay Singh’s famous lines on how “Banka now wakes to train whistles rather than howls of jackals”.

Digvijay Singh’s aide Phulchand Singh has been on Putul Singh’s side through the campaign. “I had learnt the basics of politics at home,now is the test to translate it on ground in the absence of Dada,” said Phulchand.

RJD candidate Jaiprakash Narain Yadav is banking on fellow Yadav votes. He invokes Lalu Prasad and refrains from making any comments on Digvijay Singh’s wife.