SHAILESH KUMAR Singh “Shailu” has been reaching out to the people after mid-night. Yes, nowadays, the life in old Lucknow is buzzing with activities in lieu of Ramzaan month.
“Most of the people who I know in that part of the city are out enjoying the markets in night,” says Shailu. “It is here that I get to campaign for my candidature,” he adds.
During daytime, the 36-year-old former student leader depends on his college day friends. “The friends who could cast only their vote as student can now make even their family friends to exercise their franchise in my favour,” he hoped.
Shailu has been distributing propaganda post cards.
The post has the images of city landmarks in the background. The post card also highlights the problems of the people in the city.
Shailu claims that he depends on door-to-door campaigning. “I along with my friends have noticed that a large number of people are gathering in every locality I visit,” he says and adds that they are doing so out of sheer dislike for the political parties.
Shailu on Thursday met a group of senior citizens, who have pledged to extend their support to the independent candidate.
He claims that his major support would be from the youth brigade, who constitute, 5 lakh of the 18 lakh voters in Lucknow.
Unlike Madhu Gupta of the SP, Shailu is contesting for the first time for the prestigious post as the Congress candidate. He says that the other political parties should have also kept away from the Mayoral polls as was done by the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Pointing at some of the former mayors of the city, he lamented that it was pathetic that the city fathers hardly know about their own wards.