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Delivery payback plea by doctor

- Bankura BJP candidate seeks votes of those he helped bring to the world
BJP candidate Subhash Sarkar (with folded hands) campaigns in Bankura on Monday. Picture by Sujata Khan

Bankura, May 5: Decades ago, they came to the world because he delivered them. Now the doctor wants payback.

Subhash Sarkar, the BJP candidate for the Bankura seat and a gynaecologist, has been urging young voters, whom he delivered over the past few decades, to elect him.

The 62-year-old has tracked them down through the phone numbers he sourced from his nursing home’s old registers.

Sarkar said he had helped in the delivery of around 30,000 newborns in the Hardik Nursing Home that he owns in Bankura town for the past 34 years.

“Many of them are adults now. I got the phone numbers of their families from the nursing home registers. Many of the youths are either studying or working outside the state. I told them that I am contesting the seat as a BJP candidate and urged them to vote for me. After all, they saw the world because of me. It’s their turn to help me out,” said Sarkar, a resident of Bankura town who had Narendra Modi to campaign for him to a packed ground yesterday.

Sarkar has been pitted against nine-time sitting MP Basudeb Acharia of the CPM and actress Moon Moon Sen, who is contesting for Trinamul.

The BJP candidate has held several meetings with many youths and their parents over the past month and has read out the BJP manifesto and his plans for the area.

“I have told the youths that they have a key role to play in building a stronger nation under the leadership of Narendra Modi. I have also told them that Modiji will work for the betterment and employment of youths as well as for the entire nation,” the doctor said. “Modiji’s campaign yesterday has boosted the morale of my party workers here. I was so excited to see the huge gathering at the rally.”

Sarkar said his initiative seemed to have reaped some benefits.

Around 6,000 young voters, he said, had contacted him via email and phone and assured him that they would vote the BJP.

“Many of the babies I had delivered are either studying or working outside Bengal. They have assured me of their support. They informed me by email that they would come to Bankura and vote for me,” Sarkar said.

One of the youths told The Telegraph over the phone from Bangalore, where he is pursuing BBA, that he had already contacted many of his Facebook friends who hail from Bankura district but are now outside the state.

“My parents told me that doctor uncle had come to our home and had urged them to request me to cast my vote for him. I would be more than happy to do that. Not only because he helped in my birth, he is also a good candidate who I believe will work for the development of our area. I have appealed to my friends on Facebook to cast their votes for Subhash Sarkar,” the youth said.

His father, a government employee, said he and his wife would vote for Sarkar. “My only son was born 20 years ago. I am grateful to him and now it’s my turn to help,” he said.