The crowds flowed into the Sawant household indiscriminately, people both known and unknown coming to offer their congratulations.
Abhijeet's father Sridhar Sawant (left) received various proposals for his successful son, including a proposal to organise a cricket tournament in Abhijeet's name! Sridhar kept calm and did not make any promises, repeatedly replying, "Let Abhijeet come home."
The desperation of when the local star would arrive was growing heavier by the moment. Even his father wasn't sure when he would come home. "Abhijeet has made us and Maharashtra famous," declared Sridhar.
"This competition was a sort of all-India level election, where the voters voted by spending their own money!" he added, referring to the SMS charges.
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