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Chicken, prawns and an aunt’s vote

Keshpur, March 20: “Gharer chhele” Dev today won a vote in his family of CPM supporters.

The Trinamul candidate’s aunt, who had earlier said Dev was like her son but that would not win him her vote, today hugged the actor and greeted him in his ancestral home in West Midnapore’s Mahishda.

The 65-year-old lady said: “O amar gharer chhele… ami ashirbad korchhi jano joyee hoy. Amar vote ta pabey (he is a boy of the house. I bless him that he wins the polls. He will get my vote).”

The beaming actor, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Ghatal, told journalists: “Ei dekhun, amar jethima amar sangey achhey (see, my aunt is also with me).”

Dev had yesterday called up his cousin and laid down his menu for a family dinner today — ranging from country chicken curry to prawns.

The actor was surrounded by around 50 people in the courtyard of his ancestral house today as he tasted the delicacies one by one. Dev left for Chandrakona around 7.30pm to shoot for Yoddha.

Dev’s cousin Sujit, a Vidyasagar University employee in his early forties, said: “Raju (Dev’s nickname) told us he would like to have deshi murgir jhol aar ruti (country chicken curry and chapati). We got it from a restaurant in Midnapore town. Chingri machher malai kari (a prawn preparation) and gajarer halua (a sweet) were prepared at home.”

Dev’s 72-year-old uncle Shaktipada Adhikari, a zonal committee member of the CPM in Keshpur, smiled when his wife said she would vote for the Chander Pahar actor.

Later in the evening, Shaktipada said: “He is a member of our family and like a son to me. My blessings will always be with him. If he wins the elections, it will be because of his karma.”

Dev has been pitted against the Left’s Santosh Rana in Ghatal.

Asked about campaigning, Dev said: “I will not campaign against any political party or person. I believe I will be able to do something good through my party. My uncle believes that he will be able to do good through his party. Let the people decide.”

Earlier, around 5.15pm, Dev spoke to Trinamul workers and Keshpur residents for about five minutes at the local bus stand.

Apnara kemon achhen? Bhalo achhen toh? Aami aajke kintu vote chaite ashini, sudhu apnader ashirbad nite esechhi. Ami apnader ekhankari chhele.… Amar shongey kintu thakte hobey (how are you? Are you all well? Today I have not come to seek votes. I have come to seek your blessings. I am a local boy. You will have to stay with me),” the Paglu star told a crowd of about 4,000 party workers and residents.