Residents pitch own candidate
Residents of Delhi's southwestern suburb have decided to play a more active role in parliamentary democracy. Resident welfare associations, social organizations and industrial forums across Gurgaon will be fielding their own candidate for the seat of member of legislative assembly (MLA) for this elections that are slated to take place on October 13.Updated: Sep 07, 2009, 02:00 IST
Residents of Delhi's southwestern suburb have decided to play a more active role in parliamentary democracy.
Resident welfare associations, social organizations and industrial forums across Gurgaon will be fielding their own candidate for the seat of member of legislative assembly (MLA) for this elections that are slated to take place on October 13.
RS Rathee, the president of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA (QERWA), will be contesting elections under the banner of a non-political outfit Mission Gurgaon Development (MGD). A resident of DLF City, Rathee is 44 years old and is a qualified civil engineer by profession. He has no political background or backing.
Rathee, it is believed, could play spoilsport for political heavyweights in the arena as well as for the sitting MLA as he has been actively taking up issues related to crumbling civic infrastructure in Gurgaon for a long time.
It was during assembly elections in 2005 that Gurgaon RWAs floated a non-political outfit — Gurgaon Residents Party (GRP) — and fielded Col (Retd) Ratan Singh as their candidate. The GRP candidate stood fourth, closely following heavy-duty candidates from Congress, the BJP and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
“We have decided to support RS Rathee as the local MLA from Gurgaon as the politicians have failed to deliver and have turned the city into a civic mess. The local MLAs who belonged to the ruling party have been too busy cultivating proximity to the Chief Minister and develop their personal clout and fortunes," said Dharam Sagar, the chairman of FORWA (Federation of RWAs).
"The MLAs said they were helpless because the government did not listen. Third, only those officers who had strong political influence were posted in Gurgaon.”
Rathee is a core member of Mission Gurgaon Development, and also president of the Gurgaon Citizens Council. He jumped into the RWA activity in 2000 after leaving his job from DLF Group where he worked as civil engineer. He did his Diploma in Civil Engineer from Govt. Polytechnic Ambala City in 1984 and Post Graduation in Construction Management from Delhi Productive Council later.
“People will vote for Mission Gurgaon Development, because all residents in Gurgaon want development,” said Vakul Cowshik from Ardee city.
RS Rathee said, "I am a civil engineer and know that Gurgaon is the worst example of urban planning. Mission Gurgaon Development's priority will be to allow residents of Gurgaon a voice in the city's development plans; even the poorest member of society.”