Lucknow: While we are all very familiar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘chaiwala’ stories, this other ‘chaiwala’, a 21-year-old from Chitrakoot, who defeated a BJP candidate in the civic elections, is set to write his own story.
Meet Anuj Nigam, who used to sell tea before winning the Municipal Councillor Elections from ward number 21. Anuj contested the Nagar Palika Parishad Member election on a Samajwadi Party ticket and defeated 10-time winner Ajay Kumar, a BJP candidate.
Son of advocate Pradeep Nigam, Anuj bagged 326 votes and defeated Ajay Kumar, who could manage 286 votes.
Two of Anuj's brother are engineering students.
Speaking to Network18, Anuj asked “if a ‘chaiwala’ can become the Prime Minister, why not a municipal councillor”.
“If Modi Ji can become the PM after selling tea, can’t I become a councillor? I went to each and every house in my ward without any rally or road show. I went quietly and simply appealed to the people to vote for me. Just three or four days before the elections, my family too started canvassing for me,” said an overwhelmed Anuj.
“My tea stall has a lot of role to play in my victory as a lot of people come to my shop and it helps me establish good relations with the people around me. I was lucky to get a ticket from the Samajwadi Party and I will always remain loyal to them. I will definitely try to contest the Nagar Palika Parishad President elections if everything goes well,” added Anuj.
While Anuj had a victorious run at the elections, the Samajwadi Party couldn’t match up to his performance in last week’s municipal body elections in Uttar Pradesh. The party failed to win a single mayor seat. However, the Samajwadi Party managed to get 202 Municipal Councillor seats, 45 Nagar Palika president seats, 477 Nagar Palika Parishad Member seats, 83 Nagar Panchayat President seats and 453 Nagar Panchayat Member seats.