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Jayant chooses to play safe

When BJP’s Hazaribagh candidate Jayant Sinha faced a cricket ball while campaigning in Ramgarh’s Chatti Bazaar last week, he seemed more focused on saving his wicket than swinging the willow for boundaries.

Going by his campaign so far, the Harvard alumnus and son of sitting MP Yaswant Sinha seems to have adopted the same strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Instead of engaging in a war of words with rivals, Jayant has chosen to bank on his Harvard education, his father’s reputation and the NaMo wave to sail him through troubled waters.

Jayant’s six-point action plan includes 24x7 electricity services, high-quality roads and water supply for every Hazaribagh resident, special economic status for Jharkhand, world-class medical facilities in the district and planned development in housing, industry, railways and education sector.

These apart, the MP hopeful aims to ensure that every Hazaribagh resident has a Johar Jharkhand Card and can enjoy benefits of welfare schemes.

Travelling across Barkagaon on Thursday, Jayant told voters that he had been a social worker for the last 16 years and had been closely associated with development work undertaken by his father.

“What I am promising will be fulfilled. I will take up your issues and ensure speedy solutions,” he said, harping on the promise of “ek vote, teen fayde (one vote, three gains)”, to connect to the electorate emotionally.

Meri jeet se apko teen fayde honge. Pehla, Narendra Modi PM banenge, dusra, mere pitaji Yashwant Sinha apke abhiwawak ke roop mei karya karte rahenge aur tisra, mere jaisa padha-likha immandar vyakti apka MP hoga (My victory will benefit you in three ways. One, Narendra Modi will become PM. Two, my father will continue to take care of you as a guardian and three, an educated and honest person like me will be your MP),” he said.

But, when villagers from Barhi told him how lack of storage facilities and proper supply chains caused tomatoes and potatoes to rot, the former IITian relied on poll rhetoric.

“Give me one chance and I will ensure that not potato but chips, not tomato but sauce, not coal but power will go to other places from here,” he promised.

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