'Outside' supporters pitch in for AAP victory in Delhi polls
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A 77-year-old NRI from London and a doctor duo from Gujarat's city of Bhuj are among the many "outside" supporters who are camping here in Delhi with an aim to ensure that Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Admi Party emerges victorious in the assembly polls on Wednesday.
A lanky, bespectacled septuagenarian wearing an AAP cap and a T-shirt bearing an image of a 'smiling mango', can be seen these days walking in markets, metros and other public places asking people to vote for Aam Aadmi Party in this "David vs Goliath" battle.
His look and British accent may conceal his Indian roots but Jai Nath Misra from the UK says, "I may have left India but India never left me", and "this election is the beginning of a corruption-free India".
"I work with the AAP UK wing and tell people there about the 'common man's party' that is taking on political giants like Congress and BJP," Misra said.
Misra, who hails from Bulandshahr in UP but left India
in 1960s, said a number of NRIs have also descended here to express solidarity with Kejriwal.
"We are about 60 NRIs who have travelled from different
parts of the world. There is a doctor from Chicago in the US
who has been here for months, among others. And, I possibly am the only one who is above 70. Rest are all very young," he said.
And, while he says he may have "lost his Indian accent"
long ago, he speaks and communicates with people in Hindi with not much difficulty, punctuating even his conversation in English with words like "bhrashtachar" and "jhadoo" and "aam aadmi" and "janta".
Camping in a small hotel in Karol Bagh, Misra says he
roams around Delhi helped by AAP volunteers and reaches out to people online through his Facebook page called "Jai's Vichar Dhara".