It is our vow to finish BSP in Bundelkhand: Dadua's brother
Spotting the two black Scorpios parked in a small town market was no big deal. The two big cars explained the palpable fear in the air as well as presence of Dadua's brother Bal Kumar close by. (Only Dadua has a fleet of black Scorpios in the district). The other dacoit Lakhotia still likes to travel on foot.
It was not difficult to locate Balkumar surrounded by gun-toting henchmen. He was forthcoming, simple yet straight. Despite a smile that he carried on his face, he often sounded aggressive. Excerpts from his interview-
Is Dadua planning to surrender?
Everyone has some desires. After all it is not a good life.
Has the deal being sealed?
Some talks with Mulayam's brother Shivpal Singh Yadav have been held through intermediaries. I am not aware of them. But yes Mulayam may get it done.
Why has he switched his loyalty from BSP to SP?
Denial of ticket or demand of money is not the only reason. Local leaders like BSP MP Ram Sajiva , Daddu Prasad compelled us to change the party. There were dacoities, loot, traders were being victimised at their behest. Public was complaining.
But your brother is the biggest dacoit of the area?
Circumstances made him into one. Otherwise we had everything- 350 bighas of land, seven houses. They inflicted atrocities on us. Why don't you visit our village and see for yourself the atrocities done on us. What was my crime? Is it a crime to be his brother? They did not spare me even, pulled down my house too.
We are visiting yet another Majhar village where Dadua's writ runs large.
Don't go there? Go to Deokali.
We want to visit that village?
(In somewhat a firm tone) Don't visit that village. He later softens the tone and says, ' It is very far off. Why don't you visit Deokali'. (People with him later advised us against visiting the village as some felt Dadua might have been camping there.)
You are openly campaigning in the area? How does Dadua campaign for his party?
(Laughs) I am a politician, live in Rae Bareli. Had three brick kilns, one got closed after I entered politics.
What is Dadua's style of canvassing, does he give a speech?
(Surprised) Speech, no, where is the need when one word is enough.
What does he say?
Abki baari humne cycle ko chuna hai.
How can you be so confident? People may not vote on Dadua's appeal? (Offended) Are you kidding? Go and ask the people. It is a challenge; a resolve and a prestige issue. After his support, SP cannot lose. Otherwise also I had assured SC Gupta of making him an MP.
What if still he loses the seat? What would you do?
Where is the question of losing the seat? On Dadua's call all castes including Brahmins support the candidate. Wave starts from here.
What about BSP?
It is our vow to finish BSP, not only in Banda, but entire Bundelkhand.
How many seats can you or your brother influence ?
Satna, Reewa and Panna in MP, Allahabad, Phulpur and Fatehpur in UP.
Tell us more about your brother?
He is fond of animals. Is always surrounded by them. There are deers, peacock etc. He is Hanuman Bhakt, visits Hanuman temple every Tuesday, and keeps fast on that day. He is strictly vegetarian. Our family is getting a magnificent Hanuman temple in Fatehpur. The idol will be five feet tall. Yes, he is a chain-smoker. But smokes only Bidis. (Incidentally he only smokes Shyam bidi and SP candidate is the owner of Shyam bidis. He is fond of reading newspapers. Everymorning a pile of newspapers, magazines are sent to his hideout.
How does he spend his time?
As we are doing- talking and talking.