Former minister’s son sells newspapers for livelihood

A former Bihar minister’s son sells newspapers for livelihood.

In an era when wards of even low-level functionaries flaunt wealth by driving classy sports utility vehicles (SUVs), Uday Prakash Gupta, son of Mohanlal Gupta, who was a member in the erstwhile Karpoori Thakur cabinet, pedals off to sell newspapers everyday.

Fifty-plus Uday, like any other hawker, starts his day at 4.30 a.m. leaving his Nayatola house in this town. He takes bundles of newspapers on his bicycle and delivers them to his permanent customers.

After the morning drops at doorsteps, he stands somewhere in the main market here and sells “aaj ki taaza khabar”.

Uday, who has completed a course in motor mechanics, could not get a job as his father, who believed in principles and values, never sought any favour for his son and other family members.

Recalling that former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and some other Congressmen, including several freedom fighters had visited his ancestral Nayatola house and had had lunch in 1950, Uday says he is happy with the job.

Though he aspired and attempted, he could not get a job in the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC), that too when his father was the minister for Food and Civil supplies in the Bihar government led by veteran socialist leader late Karpoori Thakur in the late 1960s.

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