Among a number of veterans and seasoned politicians, the fourth state assembly also has a number members making their debut.
While some of these members like Anil Chaudhary and Neeraj Basoya of the Congress, Manoj Shaukeen of the BJP and Bharat Singh of Indian National Lok Dal have been municipal councillors, Dr SCL Gupta of the BJP and Ravinder Singh of the Congress are political greenhorns.
Hasan Ahmed, Sumesh Shoukin, Devender Yadav and Chaudhary Surender of the Bahujan Samaj Party are also first timers.
Chaudhary and Basoya have been student leaders and started their political journey from Delhi University. Chaudhary contested the municipal elections twice and was elected on both occasions. It was the first time Chaudhary contested the assembly elections and defeated Nakul Bhardwaj of the BJP, another student leader, in Patparganj.
Basoya was first elected the vice-president of Delhi University Students’ Union in 1997. He became a councillor from Sewa Nagar in 2002.
“Powers of a municipal councillor are very limited. For proper development of the area, it is important that you have enough funds and you could also have some say in the Delhi Jal Board. That’s why I thought of fighting the assembly election,” said Basoya.
Dr Gupta, on the other hand, has been a successful surgeon for almost three decades. He says he has some responsibility towards the society and hence joined politics. He contested against former IPS officer Amod Kanth from Sangam Vihar assembly constituency.
“I think successful people from other professions can do really well in politics. I believe that I can contribute towards the betterment of the society by entering politics,” he said.
Manoj Shokeen of the BJP was elected municipal councillor in 1997, but he lost in 2002. He believes he can do more for his constituency by being in the assembly. He got elected from Mundka assembly constituency. “My area is one of the most neglected areas in Delhi and I believe that I can do much better for my electorate by being in the assembly,” said Shokeen.
Arvinder Singh, elected from the Deoli seat, carries the political legacy of his father Buta Singh. “Politics is in my blood. I have been an active member of the party. In fact, I wanted to contest the previous assembly election as well. This time the party considered me fit to give me the ticket and the people of my constituency supported me,” said Singh.