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“His Body May Be Weaker But His Spirit is Strong As Ever”: Daku Malkhan Singh Contests From U.P.’s Dhaurhara

"I know very well how to get things done. Security of women has always been my priority and will continue to be. I hold the 'key' to solutions for all problems."

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Interestingly, in the 2014 general elections, Malkhan Singh had campaigned for Jitin Prasad but this time, he is a candidate himself. Pixabay

His long hair, thick moustaches that merge into his sideburns, a long red ’tilak’ and piercing eyes are all remnants of the life he led in the ravines of Chambal in the seventies and eighties.

Malkhan Singh, better known as Daku Malkhan Singh, is now a pale version of his original self. His body may be weaker but his spirit is strong as ever.

“If I win the election, I will clear my constituency of all small and big dacoits that rob people’s money. I still have a lot of fire left in me and I can say that my tenure will prove to be a milestone in the history of this state,” he said in his baritone voice after casting in the fourth phase in Madhya Pradesh.

Malkhan Singh is contesting for the Dhaurhara Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh by the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (PSP) and is pitted against former Union minister Jitin Prasada of the Congress and the sitting BJP MP Rekha Varma.

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“Strange are the ways of democracy and you never know if this one emerges as the proverbial dark horse.” Pixabay

Interestingly, in the 2014 general elections, Malkhan Singh had campaigned for Jitin Prasad but this time, he is a candidate himself.

Malkhan Singh’s journey into the ravines began in 1964 when he was just 17.

“I was picked up by the police and booked under Arms Act. I was pushed into the dark alley of life and had no option but to pick up the gun. It took me 18 years to build up my own gang and gain respect in the ravines,” he recalls.

At one point of time, the Malkhan gang had 94 police cases, including 18 cases of dacoity, 28 of kidnapping, 19 of attempt to murder and 17 cases of murder.

“I was a ‘baaghi’ (rebel) and not a dacoit. There is a major difference between the two because a ‘baaghi’ never targets the poor and fights against the system,” he explains.

Malkhan himself carried a bounty of Rs 70,000 on his head when he finally decided to surrender in 1982 in Madhya Pradesh. A few years later, he was released from jail and given land to start life anew.

Talking about his plans if he wins elections, Malkhan Singh said: “If the farmers support me, I will make sure that their sugarcane dues are paid within 10 days.

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“I was picked up by the police and booked under Arms Act. I was pushed into the dark alley of life and had no option but to pick up the gun. It took me 18 years to build up my own gang and gain respect in the ravines,” he recalls. Pixabay

“I know very well how to get things done. Security of women has always been my priority and will continue to be. I hold the ‘key’ to solutions for all problems.”

The ‘key’ incidentally is the symbol allotted to the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party.

Malkhan Singh, at present, is the centre of all attention in Dhaurhara. Women are intrigued by his personality; children are amused to see a ‘real life dacoit’ in their midst and the media makes a beeline for him.

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Rahul Gangwar, a businessman in Dhaurhara, said: “Strange are the ways of democracy and you never know if this one emerges as the proverbial dark horse.”

Dhaurhara goes to polls in fifth phase on May 6. (IANS)

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US President Donald Trump Again Slams Google for Manipulating 2016 Election

Trump and fellow Republicans have accused tech giants including Google of bias against conservative viewpoints

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President Donald Trump listens during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 16, 2019, in Washington. VOA

US President Donald Trump has once again lashed out at Google for manipulating millions of votes in the 2016 presidential elections in favour of then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought,” Trump tweeted late Monday.

However, the report Trump mentioned in his tweet was published in 2017 that described there was a bias in Google and other search engines during the run-up to the 2016 elections.

Trump’s tweet citing an old research paper also tagged conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch with his tweet, “perhaps asking them to investigate. It’s also unclear who he thinks should sue the company”, reports TechCrunch.

In a statement, Google said: “This researcher’s inaccurate claim has been debunked since it was made in 2016. As we stated then, we have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment.”

Clinton also responded to Trump: “The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted.”

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

The paper was published by Robert Epstein, a psychology researcher who works for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in June.

The CNBC reported that “Trump’s tweet appears to refer to documents leaked to conservative group Project Veritas, but the documents do not appear to contain any outright allegation of vote manipulation or attempts to bias the election”.

Earlier this month, Trump criticized Google CEO Sundar Pichai for alleged ties to election tampering and China’s military.

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“@sundarpichai of Google was in the Oval Office working very hard to explain how much he liked me, what a great job the Administration is doing, that Google was not involved with China’s military, that they didn’t help Crooked Hillary over me in the 2016 Election,” he had tweeted.

Trump and fellow Republicans have accused tech giants including Google of bias against conservative viewpoints. (IANS)