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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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Waving posters and releasing paper lanterns marked “Quit,” some in the crowd of several thousand threw a dozen paint bombs at Rama’s office

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Albania's opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha speaks during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Tirana, Albania, May 25, 2019. VOA

Albanian opposition supporters took to the streets again Saturday in a mostly peaceful protest, the sixth national one in three months, calling on Prime Minister Edi Rama to step down to pave the way for early elections.

Waving posters and releasing paper lanterns marked “Quit,” some in the crowd of several thousand threw a dozen paint bombs at Rama’s office. Some also hurled firecrackers at riot police near the parliament building. But there was less unrest than in the last protest two weeks ago, when some demonstrators hurled petrol bombs, firecrackers and paint at the government building and parliament.

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Albanians call Prime Minister Edi Rama to step down to pave the way for early elections. Wikimedia Commons

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“He is asking me, asking us to capitulate? Answer to him!” Basha told the crowd, who chanted back in unison: “Rama quit.” “Pave the way to the political solution,” Basha added.

Hours before the rally, the EU delegation, its member states’ embassies and the United States embassy had urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. “We call on all sides to build upon the existing offer for a dialogue, with the view to finding a way out of the current political situation as a matter of urgency,” the EU office said. (VOA)