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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Only Atishi from East Delhi, says actor Swara Bhasker in road show

“You have seen how Atishi has transformed education in Delhi. She deserves to be in Parliament,” Bhasker began listing out the “accomplishments” of the AAP’s East Delhi candidate, before obliging the impatient man with a photograph.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 08, 2019 14:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Lok Sabha elections 2019,Swara Bhasker,Atishi from East Delhi
“First tell me who you will vote for,” actor Swara Bhasker laughingly asked a young man seeking a selfie with her in Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market. “Only the Aam Aadmi Party,” pat came the reply.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

“First tell me who you will vote for,” actor Swara Bhasker laughingly asked a young man seeking a selfie with her in Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market. “Only the Aam Aadmi Party,” pat came the reply.

“You have seen how Atishi has transformed education in Delhi. She deserves to be in Parliament,” Bhasker began listing out the “accomplishments” of the AAP’s East Delhi candidate, before obliging the impatient man with a photograph.

Dressed in a dark saree dotted with flowers, Bhasker was on a ‘padayatra’ in the market on Tuesday afternoon to campaign for Atishi.

Although much of the neighbourhood falls in New Delhi parliamentary segment, some parts of Lajpat Nagar are in the East Delhi constituency.

Accompanied by Gujarat legislator Jignesh Mevani, a few AAP workers and a group of artists dressed as clowns and puppeteers, the Bollywood star, known for stellar performances in films like ‘Anaarkali of Aarah’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ went from shop to shop during her 40-minute campaign.

The duo walked into shops with folded hands and addressed shoppers along the way even as people discussed the films in which Bhasker had starred.

“Atishi has the right intentions, is noble, honest and educated. She is the best among the available options. She indulges in politics of work, not of name,” she told a gathering outside a juice shop. At another stop, she took photos with a schoolgirl after asking her to convince her accompanying father to vote for Atishi.

But not everyone was receptive of the star campaigners. The duo chose to walk into a garments shop on getting no response to their waves.

Bhasker had barely begun praising Atishi when shopkeeper cut her off. “We want Modi,” the shopkeeper, Himanshu, said.

“There are 542 seats in Parliament. How much will Modi-ji work? We just want one seat for Atishi,” Bhasker tried to persuade Himanshu with folded hands and a smile.

The duo remained unfazed as they took to convincing the next set of shoppers and shopkeepers.

When she sensed opposition elsewhere, Bhasker had a simpler request: “Send any government to the centre, but only Atishi from East Delhi.” Elsewhere in the market, a shopper corrected her after she repeatedly mentioned 572 seats in Parliament. There are only 542, he told her.

Mevani, meanwhile, oscillated between making personal appeals to individuals and raising loud slogans. “Dilli ke beti kaisi ho (How should Delhi’s daughter be),” he screamed, prompting the AAP supporters to respond, “Atishi jaisi ho (she should be like Atishi)”.

First Published: May 08, 2019 05:19 IST

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