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Jafra’s first list has 20 names

The Joint Action Forum of RWAs (Jafra) on Sunday issued its first list of 20 candidates, including seven women, for the MCG elections to be held on May 15. HT reports.

india Updated: May 02, 2011 00:02 IST
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The Joint Action Forum of RWAs (Jafra) on Sunday issued its first list of 20 candidates, including seven women, for the MCG elections to be held on May 15.

The federation, which claims to have the membership of 150 RWAs, earlier issued a tentative list of 10 candidates on April 24. On the other hand, another group Saksham Gurgaon has expressed its support for four candidates from ward numbers 26, 3, 32 and 34.

Gurgaon Citizen Council, another residents’ group, also announced that it will support seven candidates, but the body has named just one women candidate — Rama Rani Rathee.

“Today (Sunday), the selection committee of JAFRA consisting of seven members —chairman PK Sabhlok, KS Yadav, Wing Cdr PC Sharma, AK Jain, JN Mangla, Col BR Arora and Col Ram Singh — examined carefully, the attitude, aptitude, dedication to social work, integrity and suitability of candidates based on data furnished in the application. The selection committee finally agreed on the list of candidates to be supported by Jafra,” said Col. (retd.) Ratan Singh.

All these candidates have agreed to abide by the constitution, manifesto and directions of Jafra to ensure Gurgaon becomes a world-class city.

Col. Singh said that a second list would be issued on May 5 after careful study of candidates from the remaining 15 wards.

“Most residents do not vote because either there is no candidate worth voting for or they are not aware of it. So, we are trying to tackle this by screening candidates on the basis of their education, criminal record, background in community service and will to make a change,” said Anupam Singh, a member of Saksham.

The organisation screened four candidates in five wards, Nisha Singh in ward 30, Raman Sharma in ward 26, Kittu Mathur in ward 34 and Mahesh Dayma in ward 32. Saksham is organising meetings between residents and the candidates to help them understand each other’s goals and needs better.