Roadie Raghu brings city to a near standstill
He's famous for his tirades, abusive language and demeaning participants on his hit reality show Roadies. But yesterday, he stunned the city by showing his gentler side. Strumming a guitar, Raghu Ram took to the streets yesterday asking voters not to get influenced by empty rhetoric but to think and vote for people who care for the country.
Just an 'Aam' aadmi: Raghu travelled from Shaniwar Peth to MIT College area and then to Fergusson College. He interacted with the youth, sang songs and also took selfies with some of the students. Pics/Mohan Patil
An ardent fan of the founder of the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal, Raghu said that he was in the city to campaign for AAP candidate Subhash Ware. He made his way from Shaniwar Peth to MIT College area to Fergusson College, all the way playing his guitar and interacting with the young and restless voters.
Speaking to mid-day, he said, "I am not a star campaigner. But, as the youth look up to me and listen to me, I am here." He added that the AAP had helped him change his ways. "I am so impressed by Kejriwal and the AAP method that I have stopped using foul language. Even in my tweets, I refrain from using such language."
While on the road, he sang songs with students and also asked first-time voters to not get swayed by filmy dialogues used by big politicians. Dialogues like khooni panja and repositioning yourself as a chaiwala will not work. "Why don't these so-called big politicians address real issues such as bad infrastructure, inflation and scarcity of jobs?" he added.
When asked about the Narendra Modi rally scheduled for April 12, he said, "A lot of money has been pumped in to market Modi and even the Congress. This is all hype. They arrange for thousands to show up at these rallies by paying them. AAP doesn't have money. But, if you are open-minded, then vote for AAP. I believe in them."
He said he was planning to go to Varanasi and Amethi to campaign for Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas.
Interestingly, AAP candidate Subhash Ware said that he hadn't seen the show and didn't know who Raghu Ram was before he joined the party. "I have been hearing a lot about him from my young party workers. I am happy that he is campaigning and reaching out to the youth," said Ware.