Post-elections access to an elected representative may be a tough task but before polls voters are kings literally. Contestants of the coming municipal elections in Gurgaon need to cross many barriers before entering a colony for campaigning.
All 35 wards under the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) are scheduled to go to polls on May 15. For canvassing in up-market condominiums, they need permissions from the estate manager and representatives of resident welfare associations (RWAs).
SK Chaudhary, estate manager of Beverly Park I, said: “We don't allow candidates to go to the doorstep for security reasons though we do allow them to seek president's permission before they display the publicity content on the notice board. If someone wants to address a resident personally, then he can put the mail in mailbox.” Similar is the case for Heritage City.
“It’s not feasible to allow a candidate to go door to door with 20-25 supporters but if they want to circulate a manifesto or pamphlet, they are most welcome. It’s a different matter that we haven’t been approached by any candidate,” said Heritage City’s RWA president Atul Batra.
Yogesh Kaushik, from ward 32, hasn’t yet canvassed in two villages — Ghata and Gwal- that fall in his area.