Not just a funny man: How Jaspal Bhatti made Punjab vote
India remembers Jaspal Bhatti as the heartwarming comedian who brought good cheer every time he came onscreen. A few might know that he is an Engineer by profession and studied in Punjab's reputed Engineering College. A fewer still understood how subtly he amalgamated wit with humour to provoked introspection and represent the Indian society satirically. However, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr SY Quraishi today revealed a very different side of this 'funny man' who died in a very tragic road accident last night.
Dr SY Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India, took to Twitter to mourn the death of Jaspal Bhatti and also revealed how he played a very crucial role during Punjab polls and influenced people's participation in elections. He was the face of the election campaign and he encouraged the youth to participate in the process of democracy by asking them to register in electoral rolls. His support did go a long way as his appeal to voters to exercise their rights led to a turnout of 78.57 percent.
Not only that, Quraishi pointed out that Jaspal Bhatti was instrumental in explaining the voters the importance of ethical voting. As a result, that year the citizens played a vital role in helping the election commission to seize Rs 12 crore cash and 53 kg heroin and several other illegal things.
Through a string of tweets Quraishi narrated that the man who taught India to laugh took his social responsibilities very serious and was an active part of the democracy.Here are some of his tweets:
Updated Date: Oct 25, 2012 18:54 PM