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Ex-commando's win has firmed faith in clean politics: villagers

The unexpected victory of former NSG commando Surinder Singh Dalal (34), a candidate of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Delhi Cantonment against outgoing BJP MLA Karan Singh Tanwar, has firmed the faith in honest politics among his co-villagers at Chhara village of Jhajjar district, 60 km from Delhi.

punjab Updated: Dec 09, 2013 22:56 IST
Sat Singh

The unexpected victory of former NSG commando Surinder Singh Dalal (34), a candidate of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Delhi Cantonment against outgoing BJP MLA Karan Singh Tanwar, has firmed the faith in honest politics among his co-villagers at Chhara village of Jhajjar district, 60 km from Delhi.


Surinder Singh's father Sher Singh Dalal and elder brother Anand Singh Dalal do not even know how to celebrate the occasion as the news of Sunder's (as they lovingly call him) victory reached the village. "Ours is a village where every third house has a man in defence services and who knew that Sunder would become MLA on a ticket from a rookie party like AAP in the debut attempt," he said.

Notably, Chhara village houses several 'akharas' and is a land of wrestlers, whose muscle men remained in high demand during elections in Delhi and Haryana.

Sunil Dalal, a resident of Chhara village, said, "Villagers were mocking at him when he had got ticket from Delhi Cantonment against strong candidate like Karan Singh Tanwar, but AAP's magic worked and his victory silenced us all."

He said, "Up to now, what we heard and saw was that to be an MLA or MP, one needs muscle and money power, but honest and clean candidates' victory had shattered the previous assumptions."

Surinder's elder brother Anand Singh Dalal said he was a regular village man and his wife and two children live in village and the latter were getting education from here only. On the victory, he said the need of transparent and honest politicians among Delhiites was felt after the civil society movement led by social activist Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal changed the dynamics in the country, which helped him win. He said, "Not even a single villager or relative came to help Surinder during canvassing, but it was common man of Delhi Cantonment area, who volunteered to support him."

Raj Singh, another villager, said the formidable results of AAP had kindled a hope of clean politics among them and he hoped to see AAP perform in the state, since its main strategist Yoginder Yadav and chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal are from Haryana only.