BJP's mayoral candidate Malini Gaud reached out to the distressed mill workers on Monday and assured them justice. There are about 10,000 odd mill workers and their families waiting for relief and rehabilitation for more than two decades.
The workers were left without jobs due to the gradual closure of seven textile mills. Several attempts by different organizations and trade unions to revive at least one textile mill yielded no results.
Gaud along with sitting BJP legislator Ramesh Mendola began her campaign from Kulkarni ka Bhatta and toured all municipal wards falling under assembly constituency 2. Most of the municipal wards in the assembly constituency are reserved for women candidates.
"This part of Indore was once considered a backward area, and not many wanted to come here. But under the leadership of MLAs Kailash Vijayvargiya and Ramesh Mendola, the locality has seen a major uplift,” she said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed to continue the developmental work, she added. During the tour, Gaud assured voters of uplifting their standards of living, tackling garbage disposal problem and turning Indore into a smart city.
She blamed the ten-year Congress rule at the Centre for not getting enough resources to clean the Khan river, which has turned into an open sewer. The Indore civic body was under the control of the saffron party.
The wife of late education minister Lakshman Singh Gaud is contesting elections for the first time. She is pitted against the Congress candidate Archana Jaiswal for the mayoral post. The civic polls will be held on January 31.
The campaign witnessed participation from women in the area, with the crowd increasing as Gaud's convoy progressed into the municipal wards. At the campaign, Mendola appealed the people to elect the BJP candidates and Malini Gaud for the continuing the good work of the BJP-ruled Indore municipal corporation.
"If all the three tiers of democracy come under one rule (BJP), development will be even better," he said, alluding to the BJP rule in New Delhi and Bhopal.