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Tainted candidate takes to FB for votes
Gaurav Saigal , Hindustan Times
Lucknow, February 13, 2012
First Published: 23:34 IST(13/2/2012)
Last Updated: 00:49 IST(14/2/2012)

On Facebook, Brijesh Singh, 47, appears with folded hands, looking serious. A majority of the 150 friends on his page have pledged support for him in the election.

Singh, once on the UP police's most wanted list and is now in jail, is the latest among tainted politicians to arrive on Facebook as an electoral candidate.

"Yah chunaav mujhe kisi bhi tarah... kisi keemat par jitna hai. Mere sahyogi mere saath hain. Virodhi apna sochen, ki unke saath kitne wafaadaar hain (I have to win this election at any cost. My friends are with me. My opponents have to think who are with them)."

The vote appeal from Singh, who has 39 cases registered against him, says people should choose him for their service.

In jail, Singh cannot technically access the phone or the internet, but his Facebook account is somehow running. Asking for votes through daily updates, he is confident of winning on the Pragatisheel Manav Samaj Dal ticket from the Saiyadraja constituency in Chandauli district.

When the UP police were chasing him across the country, they had an old and distorted picture of the man, which made identification difficult.

Even after his arrest on January 25, 2008, in Odisha after ten years of hot chase, the police took a few days to confirm the arrested person was Singh.

The Facebook account says Brijesh Singh knows Hindi, English, Bengali and Odia and had been to Uday Pratap Inter College in Varanasi.

People in the newly-carved-out Saiyadraja constituency will go to polls on February 15.

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