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May his dreams not die young!

He blabbered like a politician when he was a bureaucrat. Now, having turned into a politician, he maintains the dignity and composure of a bureaucrat! For the former DGP DP Ojha, independent candidate from the Begusarai seat, calculations went awry.
PTI | By Ruchir Kumar and BK Singh, Begusarai
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2004 03:22 PM IST
He blabbered like a politician when he was a bureaucrat. Now, having turned into a politician, he maintains the dignity and composure of a bureaucrat! For  the former director-general of police (DGP) Dhruv Prasad Ojha, independent candidate from the Begusarai parliamentary seat, calculations went awry.

Brimming with confidence, or shall we say overconfidence, of emerging triumphant on his debut as a politician, the super cop-turned-politician has parked himself at his camp office in Begusarai when his political adversaries are finding the day too short to complete their campaigning.

The poise displayed by Ojha, just 10 days before the elections, is matched only by the confidence shown by outgoing Siwan MP Md Shahabuddin. While the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) man from Siwan is expecting to perform a hat-trick at the hustings, the cop who took the Siwan strongman head-on during his tenure as the DGP, may well end up scraping the bottom of the electoral barrel. Yet, you ask him about his electoral prospects and Ojha says, “I am certain to win.” Sceptics, however, fear the worst — even if Ojha does not forfeit his security, he may escape this humiliation by the skin of his teeth.

On Monday noon, Hindustan Times set up a rendezvous with the ‘reformist’ Ojha. Despite having reached his camp office here from Patna two hours behind schedule, thanks to the deplorable road condition, the HT team found Ojha, the gentleman,waiting patiently. Any other politician, especially during election time, would have given preference to his voters over newsman. But Ojha decided otherwise.

After apologising profusely, we asked him as politely as we could get if he could accommodate us on his campaign trail. “Sorry gentlemen, I am not campaigning now. I will start from April 29,” he replied. We are at our wit’s end, trying to fathom how can any candidate contesting parliamentary elections be so nonchalant when the polling day is only 10 days away and yet be so confident of carrying the day.

During the tete-e-tete, Ojha talks like a reformist, trying to usher in a political revolution to weed out criminals from politics. For those newsmen trying to make a colour copy, Ojha’s comments are hardly interesting. Rather, they have become monotonous and stale. One can only hope that Ojha’s ‘dreams’ do not die young.

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