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Heavyweights step into poll arena

After BJP’s Delhi unit president Harshvardhan’s campaign, heavy weights of other big parties except those of Congress have started descending on the city canvassing for their candidates ahead of the Municipal Election of Gurgaon (MCG).

india Updated: May 09, 2011 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

After BJP’s Delhi unit president Harshvardhan’s campaign, heavy weights of other big parties except those of Congress have started descending on the city canvassing for their candidates ahead of the Municipal Election of Gurgaon (MCG).

Harshvardhan and party's Haryana unit co-chairman came together last week seeking votes for 35 BJP candidates for the May 15 civic body elections.

Congress has not officially declared its support to any candidate in the elections.

Though Congress’s Rao Inderjit Singh, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) from Gurgaon, toured the city in support of five candidates contesting from various wards.

All the five contestants are said to be workers of Congress but they have filed their nominations as independent. Candidates supported by Singh include Omkala Yadav from ward No. 33, Ramesh Sachdeva (ward 20), Manoj Bhardwaj (ward 10), Seem Pahuja (ward 11) and Azad Singh (ward 2).

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), on the other hand, has fielded 33 candidates on its party symbol spectacle.

INLD's state president Ashok Arora, who earlier came to Gurgaon to announce the list of candidates, is scheduled to visit again on Monday.

Some of the independent candidates such as Amandeep Singh from ward No. 34 had invited popular author Shiv Khera on Saturday in a resident meet in DLF City (Phase-2). Others are believed to be planning to campaign with celebrities including those from Bollywood.

Interaction still on
While on Saturday non-political group ‘Progressive Residents’ from DLF Phase 2 held a session called ‘Know Your Candidates’, other RWAs also followed suit on Sunday.

Six of nine candidates from ward No. 34 participated at the Saturday event. At least 300 residents got an opportunity to ask questions to the candidates. Each candidate introduced themselves and then sat through the question and answer round. They were given 10 minutes each to make themselves heard.

But some candidates left the venue during question hour.