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’Chaiwala from Chandni Chowk’ to contest Lok Sabha polls

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2009 13:09 IST
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It may not be a cup of tea for others, but contesting elections for 14 times in a row without garnering much support did not deter a ‘chaiwala´ in Chandni Chowk from projecting his candidature yet again during the coming Lok Sabha polls.

For tea stall owner Balram Bari, contesting elections has been a “passion” and it bestows on him the task of helping nearly 150 ‘Galiwalas´ who mostly vote for him.

The 43-year-old has contested 14 polls so far beginning with the 1989 Lok Sabha election when he pitted himself against J P Aggarwal, now the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief.

Since then there had been no looking back for Bari who had tried his luck in every polls - from contesting Municipal elections to Assembly ones besides the Lok Sabha polls.

“I first contested the 1989 Lok Sabha elections against Congress’ J P Aggarwal. The upcoming polls would be my 15th venture into politics,” he says.

The ‘seasoned politician´, who goes for updated pamphlets and last-minute canvassing, has garnered the support of around 100 people on an average and even the record support of nearly 150 voters during the last Assembly elections.

However, politics is not new for this tea stall owner who began his career as a Congress party worker. “But there is no thanksgiving to the workers, so I quit that job and engaged myself in petty business besides contesting elections.