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Trilokpuri residents want to get rid of ‘communal’ tag

Residents of Trilokpuri — that had recently turned into a battleground due to communal clashes — want to move on from communal politics and see some development in the area.

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2015 01:39 IST
HT Correspondent
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Residents of Trilokpuri — that had recently turned into a battleground due to communal clashes — want to move on from communal politics and see some development in the area.

The locals were apprehensive that the election would bring back tension in the area as political parties would try to highlight the riots for polarization. But both the political parties and voters want to move on.

Kiran Vaidya, whose husband Sunil Vaidya had suffered a heart attack and a brain hemorrhage during a political rally, was not ready to contest the election but agreed to the demand of her party’s top leaders.

A month after her husband, the former BJP MLA of the area, died of a heart attack, she was asked by the Bharatiya Janata Party to contest the Delhi assembly election from the riot-hit Trilokpuri area of east Delhi. This may go against her as she is being seen as an inexperienced candidate.

“I have been living in the area for over 30 years and have seen many such clashes. But in the name of development, nothing has been done. We hope the new government will work for development and at the same time ensure peace in the area too,” said Manzar Hasan, a 70-year-old resident of Trilokpuri.

Residents said that the candidates did not highlight the riots during the election campaign, which is a positive change. “People from outside see Trilokpuri as a communally sensitive area and it has earned a bad name. We want the new government to change this image,” Sharda Singh, a local resident said.