Shatrughan Sinha plays Bihari card to woo voters

Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha called upon the people to vote for Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP candidates in the January 30 polls.

Phagwara/Ludhiana: Playing the Bihari card to
woo the migrant population here, actor-turned-politician
Shatrughan Sinha today struck an instant rapport with people
while addressing election rallies here in support of BJP

"I have come here not as a `neta` (leader) or
`abhineta` (actor) but as your Bihari Babu and brother," he
said addressing a rally in Phagwara in support of BJP
candidate Som Parkash ahead of Punjab assembly polls on

Sinha, popularly called `shotgun`, began his speech with
his trademark domineering interjection "Khamosh" (quiet) when
the crowd kept raising slogans for him, drowning his speech in
the din.

Blessed with the gift of the gab, Sinha spiced up his
impressive speech with Urdu couplets, Bhojpuri dialect, film
dialogues, poetic phrases and lines and sent the audience into
Speaking of his association with Dharmendra, popular
yesteryears star from Jat comunity, who had spent his boyhood
days in Phagwara, Sinha said, "Whenever I visit Phagwara or
Sahnewal (native town of Dharmendra), I feel I have come to my
own home or family. I have close family relations with
Dharmendra. We live in Mumbai, have been in Parliament
together and our relation is that of `bada bhai` and `chhota
bhai` ", he continued.

Calling elections a challenge, Sinha urged gathering
to ensure victory with a big margin for SAD-BJP alliance.

"Political power is a medium of development, public
service and economic prosperity. It is for the first time that
power has become a medium of loot and corruption in
Congress-led UPA government. Vote for SAD-BJP for ushering in
a clean governance and also for strengthening hands of
Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani," Sinha said.

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