Batting for a ‘new’ East
A cricketer of international repute, Chetan Chauhan got into politics by chance. It was in 1991 that he was introduced to Vasundhara Raje at a function, reports Atul Mathur.delhi Updated: Apr 23, 2009 00:54 IST
A cricketer of international repute, Chetan Chauhan got into politics by chance. It was in 1991 that he was introduced to Vasundhara Raje at a function.
“The BJP was looking for some good professionals for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. She asked me if I was interested. People of my town also approached me saying that they wanted to send somebody to Parliament with a cleaner image. After some thinking, I joined the BJP in 1991,” said Chauhan.
His performance in the debut elections in 1991 was impressive. He defeated his nearest rival by a margin of 58,000 votes from Amroha parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
He lost the subsequent election in 1996 but got elected again in 1998.
He again lost the 1999 and the 2004 elections from the same constituency.
“It was the time when I was really upset. In fact, I even thought of quitting politics for a while. Then I spoke to myself and thought that I had made so many sacrifices for this. I started working for my party with renewed zeal,” said Chauhan.
Contesting his first election from Delhi, Chauhan is optimistic. East Delhi, said Chauhan, is a neglected constituency and the sitting MP has done little to improve the situation.
“There are several issues that need to be addressed. For a population of almost 50 lakh, there is no big government hospital in East Delhi. Fast running electricity metres, broken roads, few playgrounds and lack of cleanliness are other major problems,” Chauhan said.
“The problem is that East Delhi has been made dumping ground for the rest of the city by shifting the landfill site and the slaughter house here. I think we need to do something about it too,” he added.