Love in the time of elections: Professor launches Prem Party

April 10th, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, April 10 (IANS) The professor who hit the headlines in 2006 for his affair with a student is back. And he’s asking for your votes. Matuknath Choudhary Thursday launched the Prem Party (Love Party) here with heart as his party symbol and love his poll plank.
Choudhary launched the party Thursday and will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Patnasaheb seat as an independent candidate.

After jumping into the fray, Choudhary promised to build a large park here for lovers if elected.

“The park would be a place for love birds in Patna where they can move freely,” he said in his manifesto.

He said that the heart will be his party symbol and love his poll plank. He will seek permission from the Election Commission to use the symbol.

Choudhary hit the headlines in 2006 for his affair with a student half his age. Choudhary had publicly declared his love for his former student Julie Kumari and began living with her.

He was arrested along with the girl after his wife complained to the police. Choudhary’s face was blackened by some people, including relatives. Choudhary and Kumari were later released on bail.

The professor of Hindi at B.N. College was suspended following the controversy but later reinstated.

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