An independent candidate Jaiprakash Jain, and Navjot Singh of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) filed their nomination papers to contest for Ludhiana Lok Sabha elections in the office of the district electoral officer, Rajat Agarwal, here on Saturday.
Popularly known as ‘Teetu Bania’, Jai Prakash Jain, 34, is a satirist accredited for having released short comic films such as, ‘ Tha Sota’, ‘ Pangebaaz Bania’, ‘Teetu Bania’ and ‘ Aaj da daara’. He also claims to have worked with Jackie Shroff ’s son in his debut film, ‘ Heropanthi’, scheduled to be released in May, and for various regional channels, including Jalandhar Doordarshan.
The candidate is a resident of Mullanpur Dakha, the constituency of SAD member of legislative assembly (MLA) Manpreet Singh Ayali, who is contesting on SAD ticket for Lok Sabha. It is learnt that this candidate has been fielded by none other than Ayali to capture the Congress vote, especially from the Hindu community.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Jain said he had contested the MC elections in 2012, but lost, adding that he was hopeful of winning this time.
Definitely not from the league of regular politicians contesting elections, this comic artist is confident of changing the scenario to make people happy. “Log dukhi hein aur sab kuch badalna chahte hein, jis ke liye hamein aage aana padega,” (People are dissatisfied, unhappy and want a change for which we will have to come forward) says the artiste.
It may sound whimsical but this candidate wants to make a ‘chalta phirta office’ (mobile office) to deliver services to people at their doorsteps. Most interestingly, he claims to have massive support, but he did not even have three supporters when he came to file his nominations.
On the other hand, Navjot Singh, 40, from BSP, is a postgraduate in Punjabi and hails from Jarg village. A committed party worker who served as state secretary of BSP, he believes that no other party, but BSP, can uplift the weaker sections of the society.
The candidate came with large number of vehicles and a sea of people, but they stayed outside the mini secretariat. Only 20 of them came inside the premises, followed by just five individuals during the filing of nominations, as instructed by the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Singh had contested in the 2012 assembly elections and managed to secure around 7,000 votes. “I am an agriculturist and our community has been ignored at every step by the leading political parties. Thus, it is must to fight against the forces working against the deprived strata,” Navjot says.