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'We can do more this time'

india Updated: May 11, 2011 01:10 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Rama Rani Rathi came with her supporters led by Gurgaon Citizens' Council president RS Rathee in G Block, DLF Phase 1, on Tuesday evening. Most people welcomed them with a smile.

A woman expressed her anguish: "Bad roads and lack of water are major problems. They should be solved immediately."

To this, a supporter said, "If you choose someone from among the locality, then these problems will soon come to an end."

Rani Rathee appeared confident as she walked about the colony. "We have been serving the people of Gurgaon for over two decades. As of now, we don't have any administrative authority and if we get it, we can do much more than what we have been doing. In fact we can do more this time," said Rathi.

While her campaigners were canvassing for votes at different front simultaneously, she said her team has already carried out door-to-door campaigning in Sikanderpur, B, C and E Blocks of DLF City and many multi-storey buildings under ward No. 34.

"The rest of the areas will be covered before Friday, which is the last day of campaigning," she said.

The residents responded well to her approach. They said they will vote. They are hoping that things will get better once the elections are over.

'Don't miss chance to vote'
While people were walking about a park in Regency Park 2 on Tuesday evening, Amandeep Singh took this as an opportunity to meet voters of ward No. 34.

She didn't intimidate the voters by coming with a huge cavalcade. She came with only one campaigner - her mother.

When people were busy chatting with friends and enjoying an evening stroll, the candidate introduced herself as the woman-next-door who stays in the DLF area.

"For the last 20 years I got several things done related to hygiene and roads. If you vote for me, we will get the strength to do even more," she said.

A young woman who was playing with her baby was not 'interested' in the electoral process. But Amandeep asked her to at least cast her vote.

"You can vote for me or anybody else who you think is deserving, but don't miss the chance to choose your representative," she said.

Interestingly, a candidate wanted to know about the polling booth. "It's in Shri Ram School, which is nearby," added Amandeep.

Door-to-door campaigning has been quite popular this time as it saves a lot of expenditure. But some candidates say this method takes a lot of time and energy. At the end of the day candidates have to decide what works best for them.