SAMAJWADI PARTY nominee for the post of mayor Dr Madhu Gupta today alleged that she lost the last election because of foul play and misuse of administrative machinery by her rivals. Sounding a warning to her political detractors, she, however, said, “city voters would give them (her adversaries) a befitting reply this time round as the remote control (of the administrative machinery) was no longer in their hand.”
Claiming that her victory was almost a foregone conclusion, Dr Gupta said both the Congress and the BJP were aware of their impending defeat and that was why there was demoralisation in their camps. “What to speak of a contest when these parties could not even find a local candidate for the job,” she mocked asserting that she was most suited for the job on the grounds that she belonged to the city. Gupta said both the Congress and BJP nominees were outsiders.
While nominee of the former Professor Manzoor Ahmed is from Agra, the latter’s Dr Dinesh Gupta hails from Hardoi, she pointed out.
“Since I have spent my childhood here obviously I have a better understanding of city’s needs and problems,” she said adding that in the event of her victory her first priority would be to make LMC financially self-reliant. Though a gynaecologist by profession, the politician in Dr Gupta came to the fore when she was asked about the poor law and order situation and corruption charges against the State Government.
“Those who are pointing fingers at us should look at their own track record,” she retorted. She said if an honest assessment was done then Maharashtra, Punjab, New Delhi, Andhra and Haryana would figure way ahead of UP in crime. But neither she nor her prompter at the press meet, veteran SP leader Bhagwati Singh, could explain as to why the party did not field a candidate from Wazirganj ward from where the wife of a former BSP corporator has already been given a walkover. An indignant Singh, when pressed further, washed his hand off the controversy saying that the party had appointed an inquiry committee to look into the entire issue. “We will take action in the matter on the basis of the committee’s findings,” he said. When asked why the SP had fielded relatives of the Aashiana rape accused from two city wards, Singh said that the entire family should not be ostracised for the sin of one of its members.
‘No vote for SP’
Sardar Patel Vikas Mahasamiti, in a meeting of all the units of the State, decided to vote against the SP for the humiliation caused to the Kurmi Samaj of the State due to the fixing of election dates on October 31 which happens to be the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. Convener of the Mahasamiti Shiv Baran Singh said, “ Kurmis will not vote for the SP. They will ensure the defeat of SP candidates for humiliating our heroes.