April 20, 2009 1:11:28 am
With LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on a whirlwind tour of other constituencies,son Chirag,an aspiring actor,has taken on the onus of campaigning,through roadshows,in Hajipur.
On Sunday,the second day of his roadshows,the 26-year-old hits the road at Lalganj Assembly segment,added to Hajipur after delimitation,with a fleet of motorcycles and cars. Dressed in a purple kurta,white pajama and half-jacket,Chirag looks a picture of confidence. Yet,he folds his hands like an astute leader and introduces himself,main Chirag Paswan,Ram Vilas Paswan ka beta. Main papa ke liye aapka vote maangne aaya hoon (I am Chirag,son of Ram vilas Paswan. I want you to vote for my father.
Excited crowds mill around Chirag at every stop on the Hajipur-Lalganj Road. After crossing Gandhi Chowk and Anjanpur Chowk,the roadshow reaches Ghataro. Here,panchayat president Lallan Kumar tells him the upper castes might not vote for Paswan. But the son is not worried.
On popular demand he agrees to ride pillion on a bike at Ghataro,leaving the crowd cheering and causing a traffic jam. I know my father is a big man. I do not need to tell anything about him. Right now,I am known just as his son. I will make my mark soon and come back here in different capacity, he says.
Chirag has been working in three untitled films,but prefers not to talk about it. Please come to Mumbai,I will talk about my films, he says with folded hands seeking the blessings of voters.
Paswan had told The Indian Express last week that allegations of a deal with filmmaker Prakash Jha for promoting Chirag in lieu of a LJP ticket from West Champaran were ill-founded.
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