He has been hounded out of Patna University for his peccadilloes and strange predilections. But suspension from his Hindi Department in BN College has not tamed the energies of Professor Matuknath Choudhary enough to step down on the gas along the highway to love, which he has chosen to tread.
He is now a serious candidate, trying his luck in Patna Sahib and his election manifesto outlines his priority very candidly. Should he win, Patna will be known as the Capital of love parks. He also promises that he will not allow anyone from the moral police to target lovers. He has also approached the Election Commission to allot him the heart symbol for his party, aptly named Prem Party.
Matuknath shot into limelight following his affair with a student less than half his age in July 2006 and earned the sobriquet ‘love guru’. He said he would request the Election Commission to allot him 'heart' as the election symbol. He is locked in a duel with two heavyweights--film star Shatrughan Sinha of the BJP and TV actor Shekhar Suman of the Congress.
This candidate, who has since his suspension appeared on each TV channel on Holi and Valentine's Day, said, “If elected, I will construct lovers parks. These will not be ordinary parks but a place that will promote love without the present-day vulgarity associated with relationships. The idea is to channelise the suppressed energy of the youth to a positive direction,” said Matuknath.
Choudhary, accompanied by his student Julie with whom he had an affair, said he would criss-cross the state after the elections to mobilise people in favour of the Prem Party.
Speaking of Shotgun and Suman, he believes, “Their lives have been a drama having nothing to do with biting realities of life.”
Talk about lecturers having something up their sleeves!