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BJP candidate in Lucknow relies on Atal's kurta!

lucknow Updated: Oct 26, 2009 22:06 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey

Usually in political press meets convened in the run up to an election, politicians flash their manifesto.

But in Lucknow, a BJP candidate on Monday flashed kurtas instead!

It's surprising that even though illness has forced veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee out of active politics, party leaders in Uttar Pradesh (UP) are relying on everything -- from khadau to kurta -- with an AB connection to see them through in the elections.

It was senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon, 77, who first tasted success as Lucknow MP after visiting Vajpayee, in Delhi and returning back with his "blessings and khadau".

Now, it's the turn of Amit Puri, (44), the BJP candidate from Lucknow (west) assembly seat to flash kurtas -- his link with Vajpayee!

"These were gifted to me by Vajpayeeji when I visited him in Delhi. For me these are precious, in fact they are his blessings for me," Puri said.

He said, "Though the party's elder statesman is ill, yet when I sought his blessings, he gestured at an aide who brought these which Vajpayeeji touched and gave to me." Puri then put the 'gifts' on display urging media persons to have a look at them.

Puri is now moving in his constituency, which would go to the polls in November 7, with the kurtas appealing to the masses to vote for him.

To make up, appeals in his name are being issued and special chariots carrying larger than life portrait of Vajpayee have been launched in a bid to make the people vote for BJP.

Since Vajpayee left, there has hardly been an election meeting in Lucknow without his reference with the speaker talking at length about his association with AB. Puri also plans to use "Vajpayeeji's poems" during the campaign to counter his rivals.

"It's true that Atalji's had such a towering presence that for us any association with him is surely something to be proud of. So you would be seeing all this during the campaign," Puri said.