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TV star to sprint for more votes

Television actress Ratan Rajput of Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo fame will put on her running gear for an election awareness campaign on Saturday morning.

The actress would be part of an event being organised in Patna by the district election office. Ratan, who arrived in Patna on Saturday, is the Election Commission of India’s brand ambassador. She is among a thousand other people who would be participating in an election awareness marathon.

People from different segments of society — such as district magistrate N. Saravana Kumar, senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj, city SP Jayant Kant, doctors and state government officers — would participate in the event.

The event would start from Patna zoo at 7.30am and culminate near Kargil Chowk, covering a distance of around 6km.

Asked how excited she was for the sprint, the actress said she was excited beyond words.

Bahut zyada excited hun. Zyaada se zyaada logon ko jagruk karna hai (I am very excited. I want to make more and more people aware). These days, I am travelling extensively. I have already been to Buxar, Ara and other interior parts of the state,” she said.

Ratan added: “Now that I am going to do something to bring awareness in Patna, I am very happy and I feel privileged. Akhir to main ghar ki beti hoon na (After all I am a daughter of the soil).”

Her excitement at participating in the election-related awareness campaign can be gauged from the fact that she put acting commitments aside just to take part in the campaign. Ratan would cast her vote for the first time in these general elections. She would exercise her electoral rights from the Patna Sahib constituency.

“Most of the time those who are out on duty do not feel the need to visit their native places to cast their votes. But I have taken a pledge that I would try my best to cast my vote in every election. I would make my own people aware that they need to exercise their electoral rights,” the actress said.

So, is summer taking a toll on her brand ambassador’s job? “I don’t mind braving the heat and the dust. In fact, even during the shoot of my soaps, I have proved that I can brave the heat, the dust and many other crises. In Bigg Boss’s house, I had to fiddle with cow dung and in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo, I had to do so many things associated with a rural girl’s life because the character I was playing, that of Lali, hailed from a village,” said Ratan.

The officers at the district election office were excited about Ratan’s participation in the marathon to create awareness about elections.

“We are sure that Ratan would be able to boost people’s participation in the Lok Sabha elections,” said Ravibhushan Sahay, the district public relations officer.

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