The man"s goodwill is contagious and endearing. Hours after his victory his familial residence in the Kadam Kuan area of Rajendranagar is a beehive of animated activity. There"s a festive atmosphere in the house as party workers, well wishers and favour-seekers rejoice in every corner of the large home.
Shatrughan Sinha"s charming wife Poonam Sinha is all over the place. “More overhwleming than the victory is the response of people all around us. Everyone thinks my husband can now fix things in their life," Mrs Sinha's glow of pride is dazzling as she manoeuvres her way with a smile and a salaam through the mass of humanity.
The man at the centre of attention is happy, tired and relieved. For the first time he feels free to vent his indignance at political rival Shekhar Suman"s aggressive campaigning tactics.
“I"d just like to tell him, Khamosh," Shatru bellows in true Shatrughan Sinha style. “Now that I"ve been brought back with such aan, baan and shaan by the people of Bihar, could Shekhar Suman please shut up? He should not have stooped so low in his effort to gain votes. In the last lap of his campaign his slanderous comments about me worked completely against him. They were personal, illegal, illogical and immoral. It"s fine to campaign for your own cause. But why hit out so viciously at someone who in the past has treated him like a brother and friend?
“Desperate attempts to win votes, it no longer work. This election proves it. The political tsunami that this elections should rightfully shut up all the undesirable elements in politics who were here only to make hay while the elections were on. The people refused to vote for chamchas of political parties. "
Remind the affable witty man of a 'phew" words that his party the BJP fared very poorly and that it seems people this time voted for individuals rather than parties, and Shatru unfazed by the swarming well-wishers, ponders.“Hmmmm. I"d say people have voted for both individuals and the parties that they believe in. I"ve to admit I"m dismayed by our party"s performance. Yes, we"ve failed. We all need to sit down and introspect on what went wrong so that we don"t make the same mistakes again."
Just hours after victory Shatrughan Sinha already has a clear idea of what he wants to do for Bihar. “I"d like to join hands with the NDA and my friend Nitish Kumar. We need to clean the Ganga, get a central status for Patna University and focus on getting a special package from the Centre for Bihar. I"d never like to forget that the mandate is from the people of Bihar. Yes, the Bihari Babu has come home again. It"s time to make all my dreams for my state come true."
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