Many would find it to be a late start for a campaign day but Alok Sharma, the BJP mayoral candidate cannot really abandon a typically Bhopali work day that begins late and ends late.
Campaigning begins at 10am on a normal day for Alok Sharma. On Friday, too, he began the day with prayers at a Hanuman temple at Chhola around the same time in the old city area and plunged into a mass contact programme at Shiv Nagar and Geeta Nagar in the adjoining areas.
Sharma then proceeded to Khejda, located in ward 72 of the city and met BJP workers before meeting the voters of the area.
By noon, he is on the district court premises where he meets lawyers and Rajesh Vyas, former president of the bar association.
He then proceeds to his house for a quick lunch which doesn’t last for more than 30 minutes.
Post lunch, he moves towards Kailash Nagar, adjacent to Ashoka Garden. Residents demand that the roads be repaired and garbage collection be made efficient.
“There is a constant fear of the corporation acting against house owners who have invested their livelong savings in constructing houses,” says Ashok Thage. Residents raise this issue with Sharma who assures them that their houses will be protected.
Green and clean Bhopal
What according to you are the issues in this election?
Making Bhopal a world class city, a green and clean city, smart city in the future. Development is the overriding theme this time.
What would be your priorities if elected as mayor?
Bhopal has grown tremendously as a city in the last few years. One of the priorities is to develop a sewage plan network. I would try and make a solid waste treatment plan in each of the 85 wards — on the lines of Bangalore — so that solid waste does not have to be transported to a land fill site outside the city and can be used for generating electricity within the city itself. Public transport, especially the metro rail would also be a priority.
The CM has been holding road shows in your favour. A number of ministers have also campaigned for you. Do you think it is warranted?
The BJP is a cadre-based party and works on a strategy while contesting elections. When a relatively junior worker get a party nomination to contest a big election, it is always welcome to get guidance in the form of campaigning from seniors.