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He too was once the Delhi University Student’s Union president (1977) and has won thrice earlier in the Lok Sabha polls from Chandni Chowk and Sadar constituencies.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2009 00:40 IST

Vijay Goel (55)

He too was once the Delhi University Student’s Union president (1977) and has won thrice earlier in the Lok Sabha polls from Chandni Chowk and Sadar constituencies. His father Charti Lal Goel was the first Speaker of the reconstituted Delhi Assembly in 1993.

Though this is his first time from New Delhi, which is more cosmopolitan in nature, Goel is a known name in Delhi. His reputation within the BJP too would ensure complete support from the party’s grass root level workers.

“This is a new area for both Maken and me. He lives in and has been an MLA from Rajouri Garden,” Goel said. “Areas from my former Sadar constituency have been added to it and I’m a leader of the entire Delhi,” he said.

Post delimitation, addition of areas like Greater Kailash, Malviya Nagar, Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar to the constituency may help him. These are Punjabi-dominated and middle class areas that are traditionally a BJP vote bank.

“This would definitely help me as voters from these areas vote on issues. Their biggest problems are water scarcity, congestion and lack of parks and parking space, which I would solve,” he said.

Goel is not overlooking the core babu voters of the constituency either. “Most government employees, especially those in the lower rungs, are not satisfied with the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations and the anomalies have to be removed,” he said.

“The government flats are in a dilapidated state and the biggest problem facing government employees after retirement is the lack of affordable houses. I want to provide them housing at least ten years before they retire,” he said.

“We want to develop the IT sector and take it to villages,” he said, talking about the economic downturn and the need to create more jobs for the youth.