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Walia is comfortable but electorate wants answers

A big chunk of her constituency is new to her but Kiran Walia isn’t nervous. “After all, they have also seen development in the city,” she says, reports Atul Mathur.See Full coverage.

delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2008 01:31 IST
Atul Mathur

Delimitation has changed the complexion of her constituency. Not only a big chunk of the voters now come from a different area, the name of her constituency has also changed from Hauz Khas to Malviya Nagar.

But Kiran Walia seems undeterred. “I feel very comfortable even when I meet the electorate of Malviya Nagar, Shivalik and neighbouring areas. It may be a new territory for me but after all they are a part of Delhi and have seen the development in the city,” she said.

Walia agreed that there are a lot of unfinished tasks, which she would like to complete in the next term. The Rs 5-crore community centre-cum-multi-level parking complex in Sadurjung Enclave and the development of a drain between Nauroji Nagar and Safdurjung Enclave are two such projects which, said Walia, have already been sanctioned and she wants to see them through.

But the electorate does not seem too happy with her performance. “The whole constituency is full of problems. Storm water drains are broken, sewer lines are choked, traffic has increased manifold and there is lack of parking area. The politicians only come during the elections to ask for votes,” said Gopal Tiwari, a resident of X-block, Green Park.

“She made a lot of promises last year and this is now time that she should come out clean and tell us how much she actually did for the constituency,” said Vrinda Singh, a Hauz Khas resident.

“I agree that people have lots of expectations and I really respect their right to demand. But the in the administration the pace of work is slow,” said Walia.

Ram Bhaj, the Bhartiya Janata Party candidate and Walia’s rival, said voters know who has done what and no one can stop him from winning this time.

“I am 100 per cent confident of winning the elections. The sitting MLA has not fulfilled the promises she made to the electorate. There is not even a single thing the people will remember her for,” said Ram Bhaj.