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Presidential election results: Ram Nath Kovind’s village all prepared for celebrations

Villagers are glued to TV sets and radios so that they begin celebrations the moment news flashes the NDA presidential candidate’s victory.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2017 14:49 IST
Haider A Naqvi
Haider A Naqvi
Hindustan Times, Paraunkh/Jhinjhak (Kanpur Dehat)
‪‪President of India‬,‪India‬,‪New Delhi‬
Villagers perform a yagna at Ram Nath Kovind’s village in Paraunkh Kanpur Dehat district on Thursday.(Haider A Naqvi/HT Photo)

Paraunkh and Jhinjhak in Kanpur Dehat district are all set to celebrate as the village and the town are confident that Ram Nath Kovind will become the next President of India shortly.

Villagers are glued to TV sets and radios so that they begin celebrations the moment news flashes the NDA presidential candidate’s victory. (Live result updates)

Paraunk, Kovind’s village, comes under Derapur tehsil, 110 kms from Kanpur. Paraunkh has a population of nearly 9,000.

Jhinjhak is a very small town (a kasbah) where Kovind’s brother Pyarelal lives. Kovind’s another brother, late Shivbalak, also lived there. Shivbalak was the one who educated Kovind.

Shivbalak’s widow, Vidyawati, is fasting in Jhinjhak since Wednesday wishing Kovind’s victory.

People will play ‘Holi’ during the day and celebrate ‘Diwali’ at night.

In Paraunkh, villagers have called a ‘Bhangra band’ with dhols (percussion instrument) for the Holi and dance that they would do once Kovind is declared President.

There’s a Pathri Devi temple in Paraunkh, where puja and rituals have been going on since the day Kovind’s candidature was announced.

At the Jhinjhak house of Pyarelal (Kovind’s brother), a marquee has been put up to host all those who will come in to congratulate. Sweets will be distributed among them.

Kovind had visited Paraunkh village in July 2016, when he became the governor of Bihar. He had converted his village house into ‘community hall’ for his village people.

Late Maikulal, the father of Kovind, ran a small general store in the village and was known as a religious person. It is through his religious bent of mind that he first came in touch with RSS, in which Kovind later became a member.

First Published: Jul 20, 2017 14:40 IST