The residents of Badshahpur assembly constituency — it includes both privately developed localities and Huda sectors, and is collectively named new Gurgaon — have the choicest words to say when asked about the performances of local MLA Rao Dharampal and the incumbent Lok Sabha MP, Rao Inderjeet Singh, the candidates for the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), respectively in the upcoming general elections.
The disgruntled voters of Sushant Lok said local MLA Dharampal has not visited their area even once in the past five years to address their grievances. “He has failed to perform. We invited him once to be the chief guest at a function during Diwali, but he refused us. No one in our locality is ready to vote for him,” said Joginder Singh, president, RWA, Sushant Lok 2 and 3. “Even Rao Inderjit has not done anything for us. It is only because of Narendra Modi that people might vote for him,” he added.
Singh had won the Gurgaon parliamentary seat in 2009 on a Congress ticket but has recently switched to the BJP in February following his falling out with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Dharampal had won the Badshahpur assembly seat back in 2008. “I have always worked for the people of Gurgaon including those from the DLF areas and also new Gurgaon. I was the first to demand Rapid Metro when then central minister Jaipal Reddy came to inaugurate the Huda City Centre Metro station. I have always attended the residents’ programmes when invited. I have always been meeting the RWA functionaries. I was the first to raise the demand that external development charges should be spent on the people’s welfare and not in other parts of Haryana,” said Inderjit.
However, the residents said that there were many vital issues where the MP or the MLA should have voiced the concerns of the people but failed to do so. “Rao Dharampal hasn’t come to us even once and Rao Inderjit came only a few days back as the elections are round the corner. He came asking for votes; rest of the time the politicians remain untraceable. No one stands by us in the time of problem,” said GK Bhatnagar, a local of South City. The residents also allege that the politicians help only the people they are associated with.
“Rao Dharampal is a nice human being. He meets us showing great respect but when it comes to work, only one out of the five things is done. He has come to our area only once in the past five years, that too during Diwali. But, Rao Inderjit has not come here even once, elections or no elections. He has not contacted us even for votes. He should know that people will not be voting for him but Modi,” said Sunil Kumar, president of Palam Vihar Residents’ Association.
In his defence, Dharampal said, “They are telling lies and it seems vindictive and biased. I know some people who have been trying to malign me by raising issues against me for some vested interest. I have been visiting all parts of my constituency and meeting people regularly.”