The Ambitious Independent

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With both the BJP and AAP falling short of claiming a majority in the Delhi Assembly polls, Rambir Shokeen, Delhi’s lone Independent candidate elected this time, has his hopes pinned on the position of Deputy Chief Minister. Elected from Mundka, which has traditionally always favoured the BJP in the past few elections, he is ready to offer his support to the BJP which is short of a simple majority in the House by only five seats. His only condition is that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi should personally call him and offer him the position of Deputy Chief Minister. An avowed Modi fan, Shokeen told a television channel that he will not press to be made Deputy CM if Modi wishes so. “If Modi asks me to support the BJP, I will do so without the post because I am a Modi fan,” he says. Incidentally, Shokeen, who describes himself as an ‘Indian social worker’ on his website was initially denied a ticket by the BJP. This resulted in his contesting the Mundka seatas an independent.