With core civic issues remaining on their priority list, several candidates of municipal council elections thronged Doraha block development office to file their nominations on the last day on Friday.
As per the record at Doraha block development office, as many as 100 nominations were filed on the final day for 15 wards where BJP is contesting on five seats, while existing ruling party fighting on 10 seats against the 15 seats of Congress apart from several independent candidates who are also in the fray.
These candidates would be contesting for 15 wards of the council on February 25.
As the cavalcades of ruling, opposition as well as independent candidates marched towards the council office to file their nominations, HT interacted with some of them and tried to identify that if voted to power what would be their core development agenda for the next tenure.
Amid the claims and counter claims of candidates from the key parties and independent candidates, most of the prospective candidates expressed their dissatisfaction over the development work being carried out in the council in the past five years, which was under the ruling of Shiromani Akali Dal.
Pritam Singh, who filed his nomination from ward number 15 for the first time as an independent candidate, and earlier was vying to contest for Aam Aadmi Party, said, "Whichever party is in ruling, development work is not on their priority list rather it is the vote bank politics which is given preference. The circumstances in the council have more or less remained similar from what they were five years ago."
Another candidate, requesting anonymity, said, "Poor sewerage measures, encroachments on roads, insanitary conditions, garbage, no proper bus stand and playgrounds are some of the concerns have been lying unaddressed for more than five years. Moreover, the towering claims of the government to turn the place into a mini California have only proven nothing more than a damp squib."
However, a fresh candidate, Manjushaw, who is contesting for BJP from ward number 13, chose to distance herself to comment on the existing plight of the council. She expressed if voted to power, she would undertake the drainage issue on a priority basis as almost every resident of Doraha was seriously affected by it for the past many years.
Secondly, while admitting that there are adequate academic prospects available in the form of reputed schools/institutions/colleges/ for the area resident, she said there was lack of awareness among the parents of the students. "To counter the issue, counselling centres will be introduced to sensitise people and provide better academic prospects to the youth of Doraha," she said.