My name is Khan and I stand for change
Otherwise, he might prefer walking bare headed. He is mostly comfortable in trousers, a shirt properly tugged in with a flashy belt and well-polished shoes. Sandip Chowdhury writes.kolkata Updated: Apr 12, 2011 08:41 IST
Otherwise, he might prefer walking bare headed. He is mostly comfortable in trousers, a shirt properly tugged in with a flashy belt and well-polished shoes. But a gruelling campaign schedule has prompted javed Khan to set aside his usual attire and sport kurta-pyjama teamed with sneakers and a white cap with the Trinamool Congress symbol.
Surrounded by hundreds of Trinamool supporters shouting slogans, the sitting Ballygunge, who is contesting from Kasba assembly constituency after delimitation, went around Natore Park area in Picnic Garden Road on Sunday.
“My unique selling point has always been man-to-man contact. I believe in going om door-to-door campaign even in the opposition strongholds,” said Khan, hardly tired even after climbing a few floors. “Last time, too, this man-to-man contact gave me victory against CPI(M) strongman Rabin Deb.”
Khan started his day with two glasses of water, a cup of tea and two rotis around 9.30 am. “I wake up as early as 6.30 am and shave and take a bath followed by a morning prayer and then start my day with good vibes,” said the Trinamool candidate, who made it a point to knock on every single door.
To beat the heat, the Trinamool candidate depends on glucose water and a light lunch in the afternoon. “You cannot afford to eat oily and spicy food and continue with your campaign schedule.”
The most striking part of his campaign was the response he received. While the HT team was travelling along with Khan, it was hard not to notice that even young women passing by in taxis greeted Khan’s namaskar with warm smiles.
A young man driving a Honda City too smiled with folded hands as he crossed Khan. Fom the medicine shops to barber shops to bikers, han was welcomed everywhere.
“I am happy to see this morning’s newspaper with pictures of all the kids of Trinamool leaders coming out on road to support and ensure young voters support for change this time. What else do you want? We and they all are with you,” said 70-plus Rabin Bhattacharya, a resident of 2 Natore Park.
Khan’s is a known face in the area though the ward had voted for CPI(M)’s Dipu Das as councillor despite the winds of change, was walking down Picnic Garden Road.
Clifford Duckworth of Sukh Sagar apartment off 252A Picnic Garden Road said: "Sir you will definite win elections but I have a request. I am a resident of this place for the last three years and I am tired with the dirty water that is supplied. Please do something to give us immediate relieve.” Duckworth said he had approached CPI(M) councillor Dipu Das several times but to no avail. "I have a water filter but have to service it in less than three months due to bad quality water that is supplied in this area."
Khan’s only appeal all throughout his campaign had been ‘vote for change,’ wherever your vote is in Bengal.