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?People will never vote for an outsider?

BJP candidate Radha Mohan Singh says the Bhumihar votes will not go against him.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Motihari
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2004 01:49 PM IST

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Radha Mohan Singh is confident of victory. In an interview with RN Sinha, he says the Bhumihar votes will not go against him

Why should people vote for you and not RJD candidate Akhilesh Prasad Singh?
I deserve people’s mandate, as Singh is an outsider unlike me who shares the pains and pleasures of the local people.

I am from Champaran and have served people of the area for over 20 years. Singh’s own men in Arwal (Jehanabad) have rejected him. There is no reason why people would reject me and vote in his favour.

Don’t you think the Bhumihar vote has slipped from your hands, as the RJD candidate is a Bhumihar?
Besides being culturally rich, the Bhumihars are intelligent and politically conscious. Apart from the fact that former MLA Awaneesh Kumar Singh is a state BJP leader and my younger brother, he is the disputed leader of Bhumihars in Champaran. The Bhumihars would never like to vote for an outsider, especially because he an agent of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Laloo Prasad Yadav.

People charge you with changing your conduct as soon as elections are over. Is it true?
No, this is incorrect. I am always cordial and sensitive to people’s interests, be it before or after the polls.

What would be your priorities if re-elected?
I want to complete the half-done development schemes, and ensure other schemes for all-round development of the constituency.

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