| Rally participants savour snacks at a stall near Gandhi Maidan on Sunday morning. Telegraph picture |
If Adhikar Rally on Sunday achieved a record footfall, food vendors, too, created history in terms of individual sale.
As lakhs from across the state descended on Gandhi Maidan to be part of history and witness the grand meet, vendors had a field (read Maidan) day. Rally enthusiasts queued up near the stalls since morning.
Expecting a huge turnout, vendors from the outskirts of the capital like Masaurhi, Fatuha, Khusrupur and Bakhtiyarpur had come down early. They were not disappointed in the least, as many had record sales at their makeshift stalls.
“In six hours, the footfall at my stall was something between 800 and 1,000. This is the highest turnout that I have ever achieved,” said Pramod Kumar, who travelled from Fatuha to sell litti. Pramod was in the city at 4am to reserve his place near Gandhi Maidan, venue of the rally. Besides the venue, the stalls near secretariat and Eco Park saw a sudden increase in their sale.
Ravi Kumar, who lives in the Raj Bhavan servant quarters, served breakfast to the rally supporters. He said: “I was here to make a quick buck. The sale is beyond my imagination. I earned around Rs 1,200 in just three hours.” He added that he had put up stalls in fairs during Durga Puja but the footfall was not that high. He had exceeded his sales figure of the entire puja on the rally day.
There were around 12 stalls put up near Gandhi Maidan, including shops serving dim sum, litti chokha, sugarcane juice and snacks like biscuits and chips. “When I came to know about the rally, I decided to come down to the capital to do some business. My family and I have set up three stalls,” said Baiju Kumar, who had come down from Bakhtiyarpur, 51km from Patna. He added that his family members were busy attending the rally inside.
“I expected a few more stalls apart from the eateries. There are also some stalls selling winter clothes but they are not that impressive,” said Harikant Singh, who had arrived all the way from Chakai, around 250km from Patna in Jamui, to attend the gathering.
Mukesh Kumar, the owner of a tea stall, near new secretariat, said: “There was no arrangement of tea inside and several supporters complained about it.” He added that the lack of arrangement inside gave him the advantage.
The stalls near secretariat and Eco Park, too, raked in the moolah. “The supporters have increased our sale, as Sunday usually is not good for us. The offices remain closed. However, today (Sunday) my total profit is Rs 800, which if compared to other days, is quite good,” said Raju who has been in this business for the past 10 years.