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Poll loss delays NRI's family reunion - Amit Sarkar looks for career options in Purnea to pursue politics

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SANJEEV KUMAR VERMA   |   Published 06.12.10, 12:00 AM

Amit Sarkar with his wife Blaga and their sons in Melbourne.

Patna, Dec. 5: Victory or defeat in elections is an integral part of a politician’s career. But for 28-year-old Amit Kumar Sarkar, son of firebrand CPM leader late Ajit Sarkar, the loss in the just-concluded Assembly elections means a longer wait for a family reunion.

Amit unsuccessfully contested the polls from Purnea. His wife, Blaga, and sons — Josh (4) and Jay (2) — are away in Melbourne, Australia.

“Confident of my victory, I had planned to call my family members to India in December. But it would not be possible now, as I have no means to support them here,” Amit told The Telegraph.

He said, with no paternal property, he is dependent on the pension of his mother Madhavi Sarkar, a former MLA. Amit said he did not want to add to her burden.

Before coming to Bihar in August, Amit worked with Aegis Australia in Melbourne. With IT and management degrees in kitty, his income was around Australian$90,000 per annum.

Amit’s wife is a nurse in a Melbourne hospital. Her earning is the sole support of her and her sons.

Having made up his mind of staying back in Bihar and preparing for the next Assembly elections, Amit spends time meeting people these days. He is busy listening to their problems and making a strategy to represent the people he interacts with.

But at the same time, the desire to meet his family members is strong.

“I feel very bad when my sons start crying after hearing my voice over the phone. They ask me to return and take them to the park I used to visit with them every evening when I was in Melbourne,” said Amit.

“I also feel bad for my wife who is going through a very bad phase and has to manage things alone, both at the professional and family fronts,” he said.

Amit said his wife was willing to come to India with their children. But he has advised her against it.

“I cannot risk the future of my children,” said Amit.

He said he was exploring options that would allow him to support his family and pursue a career in politics. A regular source of income would allow him to bring his family members to Purnea, with whom he yearns to live. “As I cannot get the kind of job I want in Purnea, I am exploring other options. I shall soon be meeting my friends in India to discuss things in details and to seek financial assistance to start a business,” he said. As far as meeting his family members is concerned, Amit is planning to visit Australia in June next year and spend a month with them before returning to India to start his business and work for the constituency.

“I hope things fall in place sooner than later. I want to be with my wife and kids again,” he said.

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