?I've been implicated?

Published on Apr 27, 2004 11:13 AM IST

Munna Shukla is not contesting to win but to prove his mettle in politics.

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PTI | By, Vaishali (bihar)

He is fighting election not to win or lose but to prove his mettle in politics, Munna Shukla, Independent candidate, tells Khwaja Jamal

What prompted you to contest Vaishali Lok Sabha election against RJD heavyweight Raghuvansh Prasad Singh?
I won the last assembly election from Lalganj as an independent candidate. Since then, I have been keen to contest election from Vaishali constituency. I am least bothered who is pitted against me. The wave is in my favour therefore I am confident of drawing votes.

It is said that you are in the fray at the behest of Laloo Prasad Yadav to help RJD nominee Raghuvansh Prasad Singh win. Comment.
This is baseless. Such rumours are being spread to misguide the people and weaken my candidature. There is no question of helping the RJD candidate. I had gone to seek Vaishali ticket from the RJD chief but he refused. I then decided to fight election from Vaishali as an independent candidate.

What is your prospect? Will you win or not?
I have emerged as a force to reckon with in the political firmament of Vaishali in a short span. I have the support of people belonging to different sections, castes and religions. I am fighting election not to win or lose but to prove my mettle in politics. All political parties rejected my pleas to give ticket saying that I had a criminal background. In election, victory or defeat goes side by side.

You have mentioned about two-dozen criminal cases in your affidavit. Is that proving to be a hindrance for you?
Whether people believe it or not, I have not killed even a bird. All the cases filed against me and my family members were political motivated. I have been implicated in several cases to clip my political wings. But I have not succumbed to their evil designs.

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