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Want to learn, wish for fame: candidates' agendas to contest?

A wish to serve people and a desire for power are not the only factors motivating candidates in the fray for the Maharashtra legislative assembly election.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2014 20:12 IST
Vaishnavi Vasudevan

A wish to serve people and a desire for power are not the only factors motivating candidates in the fray for the state legislative assembly election. From getting famous to learning how the election process works, several reasons have made people stand up for polls.

For Yasin Shaikh, a candidate from Malabar Hill constituency, garnering at least 500 votes is his immediate aim. “It’s a matter of pride to contest and win some votes in your support,” said Shaikh, who works as an agent to procure licences etc at the Tardeo RTO office. “I will start working for people only once they elect me.

Rakesh Arora, a taxi driver living in Vile Parle, has been contesting all elections (corporation, assembly and parliament) since 1996. While he was doing it to ‘get popular’ in his area, this time, he has a more serious mission.

“Contesting the election for so many years has made me popular in the area, which is satisfactory,” said Arora, who is contesting from Vile Parle and Kalina and will campaign in vests and half pants. “I want to show what has happened to the common man. Until now, I had no motive but now my aim is to pull down the sitting MLAs,” he said.

Another candidate, 25-year-old Jyotsana Chaurasia, is contesting on behalf of the Sanatan Sanskrit Raksha Dal. “I want to learn how an election process works, which is the main reason why I am contesting.”

Gulfam Khan, a Golibar resident, is confident of a win. “I am contesting as an independent but I people will vote for me. The minorities have nobody to vote for and I am standing specifically for them,” said Khan.