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He is the grandson of former Bihar CM and high priest of anti-zamindari law K.B. Sahay. He takes on external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha from Hazaribag as an Independent.
PTI | By Suman K Shrivastava, Hazaribag
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2004 02:29 PM IST

He is the grandson of former Bihar CM and high priest of anti-zamindari law KB Sahay. He takes on external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha from Hazaribag as an Independent.

Meet Prashant Sahay, who is in the fray for the fourth time here since 1990. Sahay, who is very fond of horse-riding, is no match for Sinha, but then victory has never been a priority. He just wants to take on Sinha, whom he considers a "borrowed player" of the BJP.

A lawyer by profession, Sahay also runs a beer bar. "I am associated with two bars," he quips. "The district bar association and a beer bar. I spend the earnings from the beer bar to run my political show," he says.

He polled 511 votes in 1990, 5,600 in 1995 and 640 votes in 1999, but he is undeterred.Winning is not a priority for him. “I am a misfit in the electoral battle. I don't have the caste base nor the money power to effectively take on a colossus like Sinha. Its better to pull down a colossus than to crawl around him," he chuckles.

"I have no regrets. I am a successful lawyer. I have ensured justice for the downtrodden and punitive action against corrupt officers like the then DIG K.B. Singh and (members of) the coal mafia like Nirmal Jain."

"Moreover, I tipped off the vigilance department to catch several officers red-handed.” But why don't people take him seriously? "Because I don't have caste or money power to secure a ticket. But I dare Sinha to come out of the BJP shell and fight as an Independent," he says.

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