The former strongman had at his disposal helicopters to campaign around the country at the previous elections. Alas! At this election he is compelled to go round by car. And he has complained that he finds it difficult to attend election rallies in far-flung areas as a result.
This transport problem had come up for discussion at a meeting of the Betel leaf rebel group held at a Buddhist temple that is being used as the operational headquarters of the deposed strongman. A Buddhist prelate on hearing about the travails of travel that the former Boss was undergoing had launched a fund raiser then and there to enable him to reach distant places by air.
There had been a prompt response to the appeal for funds from the attendees and the collection that amounted to nearly Rs.1.2 million was sufficient to meet the cost of helicopter rides for two days, they say.
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