No More ‘Khamoshi’ for Patna Voters: Ravi Shankar Prasad

BJP candidate from Patna Saheb Ravi Shankar Prasad with other party leaders in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: First time after being officially named as the party candidate from Patna Saheb, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad arrived in Patna on Tuesday amid warm welcome by party leaders and his supporters who had gathered at the airport in large numbers.

From the airport, Prasad went straight to the party office on Birchand Patel Marg where he was welcomed by senior party leaders and his supporters.

During a brief press conference, Prasad, in an indirect jab at his predecessor Shatrughan Sinha who is all set to leave the party for good and join Congress that is likely to field him from the same constituency, said that from now on the voters of Patna Saheb constituency will not be forced to be ‘khamosh’, or quiet, and will be heard by him and the Narendra Modi administration.

As most Sinha fans know, using a line from one of his films, Sinha has used the word ‘Khamosh’ to shut down his opponents evoking laughter as well as cheers from his followers.

Prasad further said that until now, he was the national spokesperson of the BJP but now he would focus on the concerns of his constituency and its needs.

Thanking the party leadership for nominating him from India’s one of the most elite seats, the Central Minister said that he grew up in the narrow ‘gullies’ (lanes) of Patna and he despite taking bigger roles in Delhi, he never forgot his roots or the city where he was born, educated, and learnt about politics under the guidance of Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan.

Confident of beating his opponent, likely Shatrughan Sinha, Prasad said that voters in his constituency had made up their mind to vote on the lotus symbol, the electoral symbol of the BJP, and would make him a winner by a large margin over his opponent.

Taking a shot at Congress president and likely Congress face for the Prime Minister’s post Rahul Gandhi, Prasad said that Gandhi used to make snide remarks at Narendra Modi whenever he paid a visit to a foreign nation.

“He (Rahul Gandhi) used to say that the Prime Minister spent more time in foreign countries and came to India only as a visitor. Now the whole world knows that it was due to Mr. Modi’s strong foreign policy that Pakistan today is completely marginalized on the world map. Unlike Rahul Gandhi who visited foreign countries to relax and have fun, Mr. Modi was going abroad to strengthen India,” Prasad said.

BJP state president Nityanand Rai also took aim at Sinha saying the actor-turned-politician had abandoned his principles in favor of greed and power.

“The door has been shut close for those who have emerged as the turncoat of their own party,” Rai said.

Earlier at the Patna Airport, supporters of Prasad and party leader R K Sinha, whose name was earlier floating in the media as the possible replacement for Shatrughan Sinha from Patna Saheb seat, clashed with each other forcing the police to intervene in the matter as Prasad was rushed into a waiting vehicle to avoid the situation from further escalating.

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