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AAP candidate from Ranchi Amanullah Aman found himself in a grilling session during an hour-long campaign on civil court premises on Thursday.

An alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and Oxford University, Aman was cornered by a rapid fire from advocates when he sought their support for the April 17 polling.

Most questions were directed at AAP boss Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to resign as the Delhi chief minister.

Kyun apke neta maidan chod bhag gaye? Agar taiyari nahi thi to sarkar kyun banaya (Why did your leader flee from the battleground? Why did he form the government if he was not prepared)?” said advocate Mohammed Razaullah.

When Aman replied that Kejriwal was not armed enough to fight the corrupt system, another lawyer retorted, “Kaise senapati hai jo bina hathiyar liye hi ladne chale gaye (What kind of a warrior is he that he went to fight without arms)?”

The debate changed course when advocate Sanjay Kumar Jha asked why Aman, a Lohardaga resident, did not cast his vote at his constituency, which went to polls on Thursday.

Suna hai aap Lohardaga ke hain. To phir aap vote dene wahan kyun nahi gaye. Aap kaise neta hain (I have heard you are from Lohardaga. Why didn’t you cast your vote there? What kind of a leader are you)?”

Aman’s reply that the party leadership had asked him to camp in Ranchi did not satisfy the advocates who kept hounding him.

Finally, Aman took refuge in poll rhetoric before leaving the scene. “Koi baat nahi, mujhe madad karein. Main apki seva karoonga (No worries. Vote for me, I will serve you),” he said.

Some advocates, however, received Aman warmly when he revealed that he was born in Amla Tola in Lohardaga and pursued graduation from St Xavier’s College, Ranchi.

“You are talented and I am happy to meet you. I will extend all help and ask my clients to support you,” said advocate Ashok Kumar, a resident of Upper Bazar.

Aman, on his part, appealed for support. “I do not have Bollywood actors to campaign for me. You are my star campaigners. Kindly use your contacts and help me win the election,” he said.