Newly elected member of legislative assembly (MLA) from Jewar, Thakur Dhirendra Singh, has listed creating employment opportunities for the people of his constituency and ensuring higher education for women as his top priorities.
Singh, who contested on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, defeated Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) candidate and sitting MLA Ved Ram Bhati by a margin of over 25,000 votes. Singh had joined the BJP just before the UP elections, before that he had been with the Congress for around 30 years. It was on his bike that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had ridden pillion to visit the village of Bhatta Parsaul during the farmers’ agitation there some years ago.
As BJP candidate, Singh has defeated Bhati who had been winning the Jewar seat for the last three elections.
Many attribute his victory to more than just the ‘Modi wave’. It was his reach among different communities in the constituency — be it Jatav, upper castes, Muslims or Gujjars — that led to his victory.
Post his win, Singh intends to focus on his poll promises that include construction of an airport in Jewar, setting up of a women’s college and reopening of the area’s closed mills.
For the last 40 years, the sugar mills in Jewar have remained shut due to various reasons. Successive state governments have not changed the conditions of the mill. Now, Singh says he wants to revive them from the ground level.
“For far too long, the people of Jewar have suffered due to the unavailability of mills. I promise them that the BJP government will revive the sugar mills and factories to ensure job opportunities for the workers,” the first-time MLA said.
He also believes his poll promise of construction of an airport at Jewar will contribute towards providing employment opportunities to the area’s young voters.
“Tourism will increase with the construction of an airport. More and more job opportunities will be created with construction of hotels and restaurants near the airport,” he said.
In an election rally in Rabupura last month, Union home minister Rajnath Singh too had reiterated Singh’s claims. He had also said that the permission to construct the airport has been approved by his ministry.
Singh has also promised to set up a degree college for women, the lack of which has ensured that higher education remains out of reach for many young women in his constituency.
“Earlier, our sisters and daughters had to travel outside Jewar to pursue higher education. Many did not attend college because of this reason. The situation will improve once a college is set up for them,” he said.