Chandy takes bus passengers by surprise as he turns out to be one

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Thiruvananthapuram, July 29 (IANS) Having lost Kerala’s chief ministership in the May elections, Oommen Chandy seems to be enjoying life’s small pleasures, like taking a 75 km bus ride from Kollam to the state capital.

The Congress leader was seen on Thursday taking a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus from Kollam to Thiruvananthapuram, after he missed a train to the state capital and refused an offer of a car.

The woman conductor of the bus at the Kollam bus station said she was surprised when she saw Chandy climbing in and offered him a seat behind the driver.

A member of Chandy’s security staff told IANS that about 25 passengers on board were pleasantly surprised to see the former chief minister amidst them.

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“As the bus moved, passengers were greeting Chandy, chatting with him and taking selfies with him,” said the security officer.

“As the word spread, a number of reporters boarded the bus too. In Thiruvananthapuram, where his car was waiting, a good number of media personnel were there to greet him,” said the security officer.

Incidentally, Chandy is riding on a bus almost after a decade. He said he will continue to travel by bus, but without pre-planning his journeys.

“I always love to travel on KSRTC buses, especially the faster ones, but due to my preoccupations I was unable to do so, but now I will have the time,” said Chandy.

Following the dismal performance of the Congress-led UDF in the May elections, Chandy decided not to take up the post of the leader of opposition but would rather just be a legislator.

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