Ravi Shankar Prasad Calls Shatrughan Sinha a 'Bhagoda' MP

BJP candidate from Patna Saheb Ravi Shankar Prasad stopping by at a roadside tea stall in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and nominee from the Patna Saheb constituency Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday hit the campaign trail by attempting to paint his Congress opponent Shatrughan Sinha as someone only interested in his own welfare in contrast to the welfare of his constituents who had voted him into power twice in the past.

Without taking his name, Prasad said his opponent was a 'bhagoda' (missing in action) politician who only cared about the power that comes with being a member of the parliament.

"People of Patna deserve a stable partner in the parliament and not someone who hardly ever goes back to his constituency. They want someone who is a strong voice of their constituents and someone whose interest of the people trumps his own personal interests," Prasad, relying on the effectiveness of retail campaigning to reach the voters, said.

The BJP leader, who is also a minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet, while stopping at a roadside tea stall in Patna to enhance his 'easily reachable' image as opposed to Sinha's more glamourous Bollywood image, said that the man who works day and night for the development of Patna should be voted into power and not someone who can hardly be found in his own constituency.

Prasad then talked about the 'rapidly changing' face of Patna under the Modi-Nitish partnership citing examples of the proposed metro rail, cooking gas supply through a network of underground pipes, the proposed new airport in Patna, and the NDA government's commitment to reduce pollution in the state capital.

The BJP candidate made stops at a number of places to seek support starting from Sri Krishna Puri not too far from his family home, then moving on to Indira Nagar, followed by Sipara, Dashratha, Anandpuri, Jaya Prakash Nagar, and Mithapur.

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