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Darbar plea stumps Modi

Patna, May 8: Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi was speechless when a 48-year-old man turned up at his weekly janata darbar today seeking financial help to continue his political career.

Mani Prasad Singh, who is from Bhavanipur block in Purnea, asked Modi to provide him money so that he could fulfil his dream of becoming a politician.

An active member of the BJP since 1995, Mani said: “Sir, I have been associated with the party for many years and have been attending all programmes at various places across the state. Earlier I had some money to travel but now I am not in a position to bear the expenses of travel. I would request you to provide me financial support to continue my political career.”

Modi was speechless after hearing his grievances and could not say a word. He just smiled and asked him to move ahead.

Mani added: “Sir, if you cannot give me the money then at least provide me a prize money according to the announcement by the chief minister who had said that those people who will help expose corrupt officials will get Rs 5,000. So far, I have exposed about 70 such officials. I am leaving a painful life now and it’s not possible for me to continue my political career. I am on the verge of collapse.”

Modi avoided him once again and asked him to leave.

Asked about the reason for seeking financial help, Mani told The Telegraph: “Don’t you think that you need money to travel from one place to another, don’t you think that you need money to keep your supporters happy, don’t you think that you require money to organise functions and programmes. These big politicians travel in flights, at least we should be able to travel in buses and trains. Otherwise how will we survive in this profession?”

The man, who has lost his parents long back, is married and has a son and a daughter.

“Being a politician is not an easy job, you have to sacrifice a lot. The party has not given me single paise. I am in debt now. I have come all the way from Purnea, which is around 300km away and spent Rs 200 on the travel.”

Asked about leaving his political career instead of seeking financial help from anyone as nobody had forced him into the profession, the complainant said: “I have been working for the party since 1995 and after spending such a long time, how can I leave it? I cannot do anything apart from politics. It’s there in my blood now. I am not fit for any other profession. The party should give me financial support and bear my travel allowance so that I could attend various programmes, which are organised across the state.”

Modi did not comment when The Telegraph asked him regarding the matter of the visitor.