|Biswajit campaigns in the New Delhi constituency on Monday. Picture by Yasir Iqbal
Kamlesh Prasad may be forgiven if he thought someone was playing an All Fools’ Day joke on him a day before April 1 when a recorded voice wafted across Tilak Lane in New Delhi on Monday.
“I, Biswajit, Bollywood actor, have come to take your blessings...,” intoned the voice on the tape being played from an open Gypsy.
“Ye hero hai? Kaun hai? (Is he a hero? Who is he?),” asked Kamlesh, a tea stall owner in Tilak Lane, which falls in the New Delhi constituency and is now better known as Arvind Kejriwal’s place of residence.
But it was no joke. Biswajit, the veteran actor and now the Trinamul candidate from the capital city, was campaigning in Lutyens Delhi.
Led by a motley group, Biswajit stood in the vehicle and waved. But few could identify the household name of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Loudspeakers blared songs such as “Pukarta chala hoon main... (I go around calling...).”
Trinamul has fielded candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. All have been left to campaign for themselves with the party leadership focusing on Bengal.
“I have the blessings of Mamata Didi. People in Delhi know how honest and committed she is and I am sure they will vote for me,” Biswajit said, as loudspeakers established his secular credentials by listing some of his characters from multiple religions.