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Voters’ scent pulls candidates to zoo

- Early birds out to catch morning walkers

Patna, March 29: The buzz of politics among morning walkers at the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park is drawing vote-seekers.

The Telegraph had reported yesterday how Patna zoo has become a hub of political discussions and thoughts. This morning, around 7am, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Patna Sahib constituency, Parveen Amanullah, was at the zoo, hands folded. Standing near gate No. 1, Parveen and her supporters greeted one and all while distributing pamphlets.

Some accepted Amanullah’s greetings, others avoided doing so by taking a detour from their regular path. “I don’t trust this party. Look at what they did in Delhi,” said some middle-aged men as they walked past Parveen.

At another end of the zoo, one could spot state BJP vice president C.P. Thakur, smiling as he took his morning walk in track pants and a T-shirt. He is a regular fixture here every morning. But this being poll season, many were trying to keep pace with him. Thakur had to stop and fold his hands in a namaskaar every now and then, not the least bit irritated.

He was showered with queries and advice too. “The NaMo wave is working wonders sir, it is having a far-reaching effect. We are sure it will do well this election,” said one to Thakur, who just smiled and continued walking.

Another one hurled a direct query: “The Patna Sahib constituency, sir. Jeetenge kya? (Will you win it?)” Thakur’s smile never left his face but at that very moment he was seen wiping sweat off his forehead with a small towel he was carrying.

Outside gate No. 1, the AAP workers continued to distribute pamphlets, most of which turned into crumbled balls soon after changing hands.

In the afternoon, Amanullah said the party would come up with a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill if they won.

“This apart, we will also pass the Swaraj Bill, which will empower people to summon government officials not doing their job properly. I have been touring the city and see dirt and filth everywhere. When I was a minister in the state government, I took this up with the chief minister a number of times but it was not entertained,” Amanullah told reporters. Further, she said: “We will come out with a system under which international organisations like World Health Organisation or World Bank can be summoned if required (for perceived irregularities). When it comes to international relations, there will be friendship and economic engagement with our neighbours. The party’s manifesto, still being prepared, will have these points and we are trying to bring in party chief Arvind Kejriwal to Patna too.”

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