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Sunday, April 12, 2009, Santosh Sonawane





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Nashik: A post graduate in Commerce and Arts, this priest of the historic Kalaram Temple in Nashik is confident enough of pulling the rug out under the feet of his opponents and cherishes the dream of making Nashik the Oxford city of India, the best spiritual center, a sporty city and employment to all.


Choosing the Maywati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to contest the parliamentary election from Nashik constituency, Sudhir Poojary’s decision did not go without sending shock waves across the district and the priest community in particular. But this 43-year old has a reason. “Decades ago, my grandfather stopped dalits from entering the Kalaram Temple. It was a big mistake. Now I want to turn the wheels, serve the dalits and from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) platform, take forward the work of social engineering of ‘Behenji’.”


While all those in the fray are travelling from one end of the constituency to another to woo the voters, Sudhir Poojary says, he has already toured the entire constituency, but cautions, “Still 60,000 activists are on the field campaigning all through the day and till late in the evenings.”


Taking sides with the North Indians by joining Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), doesn’t he feel he has offended the sentiments of the natives of Nashik - the Marathi Manus? On this Sudhir Poojary says, “It is not about taking sides with a particular community. When I talk about reservation in the private sector, more than the North Indians, it is for the natives of Nashik – the unemployed youth. Regarding the North Indians or for that matter people from any part of the country, they have the constitutional rights to move to any parts of the country for trade, business and occupation etc. Those playing politics on this issue are narrow minded.”


Interestingly Sudhir Poojary was earlier working for the Congress and been a director on the board of trust of the Vishwas Co-Operative Bank. Speaking about his winning strategy, Poojary informs, “There are some 2,20,000 dalits in the constituency, everyone of them very impressed by the change Mayawati has brought about. Then over a lakh of residents in the constituency are from North India. Again I have the support of the priest community, Muslims and the Marathas. Thus victory is very certain”, he says.


Meanwhile his agenda revolves around resurrecting the four industrial estates here, give impetus to the agricultural trade, promote export and make Nashik one of the best tourist and pilgrimage destinations and also work for making it a sport hub.


Since Maywati would be holding rallies only in Mumbai and Nagpur, Satish Mishra - general secretary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would be in Nashik to campaign for Sudhir Poojary. “However”, Poojary says, “His emphasis is more on chowk sabhas than organizing big public rallies. (Courtesy: Nasik Times)







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