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Till the cows come

The people of Chhattisgarh are waiting for the cows to arrive! The BJP had promised a cow free of cost to the poor if voted to power. While some other promises are being fulfilled, there is no movement towards distribution of cows. "We have been waiting for the cows with ropes in our hands but the wait seems endless," says R.R. Nag, a retired school teacher in Dugli village of Dhamtari district.

Similar sentiments were expressed across the State. "We feel it was just an election stunt," he said.

Invincible?

R.K. Bharadwaj of the Krantikari Manuwadi Party, who has announced his decision to take on the Prime Minister from Lucknow, claims that only he can defeat Mr. Vajpayee as he has the support of 13 parties.

The main Opposition parties — the Congress, the SP and the BSP — may not have agreed to support him but that matters little to Mr. Bhardwaj. Those supporting him include the Apna Dal, the Lok Dal, the Bharatiya Loktantrik Party, the Bharat Desham Party, the Awami Party, the Samata Party, the Subhashwadi Forward Block, the Sangam Party, the Bahujan Kisan Dal, the Akhil Bharatiya Insaf Party, the Sardar Patel Congress Party and the Akhil Bharatiya Garib Congress. And this, according to him, proves he is not a weak candidate.

Aarti Dhar, J.P. Shukla

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