MLA hunts for urban address - Eager to shed rural image, Sahis seeks bungalow in Sakchi

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By JAYESH THAKER
  • Published 4.02.10
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Jamshedpur, Feb. 3: As a commoner, he was cosy in his little thatched hut at Muchidih village in East Singhbhum’s Bodam block. As an elected representative of commoners, he won’t settle for anything less than a bungalow in the heart of the steel city.

Ramchandra Sahis, the 34-year-old Ajsu MLA from Jugsalai, has suddenly realised the need for an urban address to do justice to his new role and aides are in frantic haste to get him a bada ghar (big house) that will double up as his office. “Sahisbhai ko ek achcha aur bada ghar chahiye. Hum ghar dhund rahe hain,” an aide said. Another added: “He is looking for a bungalow in Sakchi with lawns and servant quarters. He will use a portion as his office.” It is learnt that a union leader, who has clout in the steel city, has been roped in for the house hunt.

Sahis became a hero for his followers after he wrested the prestigious Jugsalai seat from his mentor and JMM heavyweight Dulal Bhuiyan in the 2009 Assembly elections. Eager to shed his rural image, complete with an animal farm in his native Muchidih village, the young leader has already found a temporary accommodation — Jain Bhavan in Sonari — thanks to his coterie of friends. He also tours his constituency in an SUV, gifted by one of his many supporters after the poll results were declared on December 23.

“Most government offices are in Jamshedpur. So, I have to shift my base here,” Sahis, an English graduate, said. In chaste Hindi, he added: “Mujhe sirf office chahiye. Main toh office mein chowki lagakar bhi so jaunga (I only need an office. I can sleep in a cot there).”

A former grassroots worker of JMM, Sahis joined Ajsu when he became disenchanted with mentor Bhuiyan, former land reforms and revenue minister. Extensive work in the rural pockets of this constituency strengthened his poll prospects and he won. Slowly and steadily, the young leader is making his presence felt in the city. He was a frequent visitor when the law and order situation spiralled out of control and is, currently, a common face at all social gatherings.