Yearning for the lead role
Ramesh Rangi is a ‘role’ model. He plays small parts in regional and devotional music videos. But now he wants to play a bigger role — on Delhi’s political stage, writes Sidhartha Roy.delhi Updated: Nov 22, 2008 01:36 IST
If you have travelled in a Blueline in the last one year, you couldn’t have missed the Haryanvi hit song Hat ja tau paachhe ne, nachan de mane jee bhar ke (Step back, uncle, and let me dance to my heart’s content). And if you saw the video of this song, you wouldn’t have missed Ramesh Rangi, the actor who plays the ‘Tau’ in it. Rangi, who earns his living by acting in videos of Haryanvi, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani and devotional songs, is now contesting elections from the Sadar Bazaar constituency.
What prompted you to contest ?
I wanted to improve the conditions of my area, which has been neglected by politicians for the last 50 years. I live in a joint family, in a small house in Kishanganj, that comes under the Sadar Bazaar constituency. The big parties only make promises and try to buy our votes by offering money or liquor.
What are the problems in your area?
Waterlogging is a major problem. There is no sewerage system in the area and the local politicians have done nothing to improve it. They don’t even listen to us when we complain.
How are you campaigning?
I’m trying to make the residents of my area understand that the big parties have not done anything for us. I don’t have the money to splurge on campaigning. I depend on a few supporters who even bring food for me from their houses, as I cannot even afford to provide them lunch or dinner. I believe campaigning should be done not from air-conditioned offices but by going to the people.
Are you confident of a win?
I’m sure that I’m going to win, as everyone here supports me. I was born here and spent 38 years in this area.
What if you lose?
I will still keep working for the people of my area. If I don’t win this time, I am confident of winning in the next elections.
What assets do you have?
I don’t have any property of my own. I live in a small house that belongs to my mother. I don’t own any vehicle as I can’t ride even a bicycle.