BJP’s bicycle crusader rides against odds to spread saffron message

  • Ruchir Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2015 16:24 IST
Vinay Kumar Sahu outside the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bihar headquarters in Patna. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

Forty-one-year-old Vinay Kumar Sahu from Bengaluru calls himself a ‘NaMo’ devotee, but he is not just another Narendra Modi fan.

Sahu, who lost his left arm to a paralytic attack a few years ago, has come far away from his family to do his bit for the BJP. He has campaigned across 25 constituencies on his bicycle -- adorned with the saffron party’s flags -- despite his physical condition.

“I have been to 11 districts and covered 25 assembly constituencies. I went to Gaya, Jehanabad, Patna, Vaishali, Siwan, Chapra, Ara, Gopalganj, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Madhubani on my bicycle,” he said.

Sahu’s wife Pinki Devi is a homemaker. He has two children — Rishab (9) and Aryan (6) — who study in Bengaluru.

The sacrifices Sahu has made for the BJP don’t end at leaving behind his family of four. “I quit my (private) job when my employer refused to grant me leave to come and campaign for the BJP,” he said.

“BJP ke saath achche din bhi aayenge,” said Sahu after completing one month in Bihar, riding off with Modi’s photograph on his bicycle and BJP’s imprint on his heart.

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