Hair is why this candidate matters: moustache is his way to woo voters in Uttar Pradesh seat

Building his image of his ‘moustache’ identity, Indraprakash Pandey warns people of not getting swayed by fall promises of national parties.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 16, 2017 07:49 IST
Sudhir Kumar
Sudhir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
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Indraprakash Pandey is contesting elections as a candidate for the Bharatiya Mahasamman Party from Pindara seat in Varanasi.(HT Photo)

Known for his big moustache, Indraprakash Pandey alias Raka Pandey will contest assembly polls as Bharatiya Mahasamman Party (BMP) candidate from Pindara assembly constituency, Varanasi. Pandey is the national president of the party.

Pandey, who took his nomination paper from district election office, claims that he constituted BMP 11 years ago to serve people across UP. Pandey has coined several interesting slogans: ‘Jo chunav me panch karor karela la kharcha, baad me paach saal janta ki aankho me jhokenga mircha’ (Leaders who spend Rs 5 crore to win polls will ignore public for the next five years). Interestingly, the man spends around Rs 1100 per month on maintenance of his moustaches, which he claims to be his identity.

Riding on his unique identity, he wants to win election with the support of voters and has also coined several interesting desi slogans: ‘Chunav me khala mithaai, baad me paanch saal hola pitaai’ (Enjoy sweets during polls only to be ignored for next five years post election by candidates).

Raka Pandey warns voters not to get swayed by promises of outsiders and those who travel in luxury cars. He never forgets mentioning that he is a down to earth candidate who knows everyone personally.Pandey says, “Jitani badi meri moonchh hai, usase badi meri sonch hai (My thinking is far bigger than my moustaches.”

The BMP chief nurtures dream of becoming chief minister of UP and claims that development in the state will take place only when he comes to power. He, however, did not elaborate on the number of candidates contesting from his party and is for all purpose the lone BMP candidate. He rides a bike to campaign for himself.

First Published: Feb 14, 2017 13:32 IST