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He is Piyush, not Bobby
Aziz Haniffa in Baton Rouge, Louisiana | November 16, 2003 08:59 IST
At age 4, Piyush Jindal changed his name to Bobby; the change was inspired by a character in the 'Brady Bunch' TV show. Since then, Jindal, now 32, has always introduced himself as Bobby.
His change of name -- and a subsequent change of religion -- have been raked up, by sections of the community, as black marks against the man.
Officially, however, he remains Piyush; that is the name on his Louisiana driving license, which he used as identification while casting his own vote in Kenilworth, the Baton Rouge neighborhood he grew up in. And it was as Piyush that polling officials at Kenilworth Middle School in Baton Rouge had him listed.
Dressed in casual khakhi slacks, a blue-lined shirt and blue jacket, Jindal came to vote Saturday carrying his 21-month-old daughter Selia Elizabeth and accompanied by wife Supriya. Selia, who kept trying to get her father to jump the line, proved a big hit with the media and with the voters.
"Today is an exciting day, certainly for the Jindal family and, we think, also for the entire state of Louisiana."
Asked about all the attention, Jindal said, "It's a great opportunity to send a message to the country, the entire world really, that it's a new day in Louisiana. That we are open for business. We want jobs and businesses. Take a second look at Louisiana.