UNION MINISTER of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal has said it’s not possible for a Mayor to satisfy every individual and some element of discontent remains against him. Therefore, the Congress does not repeat former party mayor Anil Sharma.
Talking to newsmen here on Thursday, Jaiswal held the Mulayam Singh Government responsible for the delay in implementing the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in the State. Justifying non-selection of Sharma, Jaiswal said that a mayor could not satisfy every individual so resentment against him was natural. So, the party decided to field a new candidate for the mayoral seat.
Justifying the candidature of Badri Narain Tewari, he said, “The background of Tewari and the amount of social work he carried out in the city makes him perfect choice for the mayoral seat.”
Replying to a query, Jaiswal out-rightly rejected any contest between Tewari and the Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Neeraj Chaturvedi. “Congress is in direct contest with BJP candidate Ravindra Patni,” asserted Jaiswal. Jaiswal said,”I am of the firm opinion that the city mayor must be from a frontline political party.” But Tewari is non-political in nature and he will be able to coordinate with the corporators in a better way, he said.
Denying any resentment against Tewari, Jaiswal said the entire District Congress Committee (DCC) was supporting the party candidate.
When asked about absence of senior party leaders at Tewari’s poll campaigning, Jaiswal asserted that the entire DCC was working in coordination with the party candidate for his victory. It may be pointed out that senior party leaders yet to attend the poll campaign of Tewari. From day one, Trwari’s candidature is being opposed by a section of the DCC.
Targeting the State Government in general and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in particular, Jaiswal said: “It is due to laid-back attitude of the State Government that the JNNURM could not be implemented in the State till date.”
The Union Government has not received any proposal from the State Government till date, while most of the southern states have already received the first installment of the project, asserted Jaiswal. Commenting on the resentment among youths of Uttaranchal, who have received guerilla training, Jaiswal stated that all such youths would be given preference during selection in the Shashatra Sukraksha Bal (SSB).