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Jubilation in Shekhawat’s village

india Updated: Jun 25, 2007 18:51 IST
KS Tomar
KS Tomar
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The filing of the nomination papers by Vice President Bhiaron Singh Shekhawat for the presidential election as an independent candidate on Monday brought cheers on the faces of his native villagers and they are hoping against hope that he would emerge victorious.

The villagers distributed sweets and prayed in the temples for his success in the presidential race.

Shekhawat’s grandson and sarpanch of Khachriyavas panchayat, Narender Singh said “the villagers have got firm belief that my grandfather will win. A majority of the villagers are not aware of the mathematics of the secret ballots of MPs and MLAs of parliament and assemblies respectively but their faith reigns supreme for them.”

Mrs Bhanwar kanwar, wife of late Govardhan Singh Shekahwat, a younger brother of vice president has been praying since past one week.

She said “I am confident that the almighty will not disappoint us and Shekahwatji will pass this litmus test.”

The villagers were discussing the chances of the success of their leader while sitting at the ‘chopals’.

80-year-old, Noor Mohammad said "I plan to go on ‘haj’ after the victory of my childhood friend -Shekahwatji. Nobody can defeat him as he is too good in winning such battles.”

People of nearby villages were also upbeat after hearing about the filing of the nomination papers by Shekhawat.

A visit to UPA nominee, Pratibha Patil ‘Choti Losal’ was a self revealing experience.

Mrs Patil’s husband Devi Singh Shekhawat had migrated to Amaravati in Maharshtra a long time back and 25 families of his clan live in a Haveli which is situated at the extreme corner of the village.

One of the members of Devi Singh Shekahwat family, Karam Singh said “we are expecting Pratibhaji to win but none should under estimate the capability of Bhairon Singh Ji who is known for his political acumenship.”

“Shekhawat ji bahut badi khopri hai, halanki Sonia ji ka hath Pratibh ji ke sar par hai.”(he is an intelligent person though Sonia Gandhi’s blessings are with Mrs Patil).

A college student Badri said “villagers do not have much interaction with Mrs Patil though technically she belongs to our village.”