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Batting on a sticky wicket but Sachin Pilot sure of hitting a six

Sachin Saini  Ajmer , April 08, 2014
First Published: 22:26 IST(8/4/2014) | Last Updated: 23:51 IST(8/4/2014)

Sachin Pilot, who has been given the responsibility to steer Congress ship in a stormy weather, is the new “Turbanator.”


The Pradesh Congress Committee chief Pilot, who is contesting Lok Sabha polls from Ajmer Lok Sabha seat, tied at least 50 turbans at different public gatherings during his campaigning on Sunday. And the speed with which the Gujjar leader ties the turban will take even an expert by surprise. 

In the dessert state turbans are a mark of respect, and respecting the feelings of workers, at no point pilot shied away from the tedious job of tying turban.

“Presenting a turban is a mark of respect and the way he ties it… with such a speed impresses people. During the election time Pilot address 30-40 rallies and ties 50-60 turbans a day,” said a close aide of Pilot.

Keeping the poll campaign clean, Pilot, instead of passing a scathing remark on opposition, banks upon his developmental works during the campaign.
Starting his day with unscheduled meetings, Pilot reaches a church after addressing a community meeting in the city area. After speaking about the developmental works he did during his tenure, he assures the voters that efforts will be made for more development and progress of different communities in Ajmer. 

The day remained packed with over 20 scheduled meetings in Masudha area of Ajmer district with frequent stops at small hamlets.
Starting with Veer Tejaji Maharaj temple at Kharwa village, Pilot said, “Last time we (Congress) won and brought airport and central university here.”

“People say that election is fought on (caste) equations but we talk about development,” said the sitting Ajmer MP.
Unable to make her way through the crowd that has come to hear Pilot, 70-year-old Bardi Devi, with whom when this reporter asked about whom she would vote and does she feels a Modi wave in the region, she said, “It is he (Pilot) who brought me pension. I will vote for him.”
Sitting next to him Mohammad Haneef said, “Ajmer ko chamka diya hai pilot ne (he has made Ajmer shine).”

Welcoming Pilot arrival with crackers at Peeplaz village, few present in the crowd said it’s the government employees who does wrong (corruption). 
When asked about the voters’ mood in the region is, he said, “Leaders job is to speak and ours is to listen. It cannot be predicted now, votes can drift anywhere,” said Tulsa Ram, a resident of the area. In a fun mood when offered grapes at Rawla Badiya village, Pilot said, “I want to eat votes, not grapes.”

Pilot, who shares his name with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, when saw children playing cricket at a ground in Ratanpura Ghata village could not stop himself from trying few shots. He played few balls on children’s wish. However, he was not able to hit a six on popular demand. But to make him feel good the people called his short strokes also a six.


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