Bollywood writer, sexually exploited tribal among Jharkhand candidates

April 4th, 2009 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party By Nityanand Shukla
Ranchi, April 4 (IANS) In true Bollywood style, he says he will be victorious if people give him a place in their hearts. Iqbal Durrani is a scriptwriter for the Hindi film industry and can’t help being eloquent while asking people for votes.

Durrani is among some of the interesting faces trying their luck in the general elections from Jharkhand. A tribal woman who had made headlines four years ago by accusing a top police officer of sexually exploiting her is another candidate. There are also two jailed Maoists.

Durrani, who has written dialogues and scripts for films like “Zaher”, “Aj Ki Aurat”, “Mehndi” and “Mitti”, is a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate for the Godda Lok Sabha seat.

When he filed his nomination papers this week, Hindi film villain Shakti Kapoor was with him and tried to entertain people.

“I want to make inroads into the heart of people in Godda. I will be victorious if I succeed in making a place in the hearts of the people,” said Durrani in typical Bollywood language.

Durrani, whose father was a teacher, first tried to get nomination from other political parties, but when his request was not entertained, he approached the BSP.

Another candidate whom many may recognise is Sushma Badaik. In 2005 a video clip showed her being sexually exploited by then inspector general of police P.S. Natarajan.

Natarajan was suspended and remained underground for months. Later he surrendered in a Ranchi court and was granted bail after staying in jail for three months. Natarajan is still under suspension.

“The world knows I was exploited and the top cop who exploited me is yet to be punished. I am seeking votes to help exploited women,” said Badaik, an independent candidate from Lohardagga. She still moves around with two security guards.

Two jailed Maoist guerrillas are also contesting the elections even though their organisation has called for a poll boycott.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has fielded Kameshwar Baitha from the reserved Palamau seat and the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) has fielded Ranjan Yadav from Chatra.

Baitha has been cooling his heels in the Daltanganj jail for several years and had fought the Lok Sabha by-election in Palamau in 2006. He didn’t win but came second, which is why other candidates are not too confident about their prospects this tme.

Baitha is likely to give a tough fight to sitting Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Ghuran Ram. As for Chatra, there are a dozen criminal cases against Yadav.

With two Maoist candidates in the fray, it will be no surprise if other politicians tread cautiously in their constituencies.

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