Gurgaon civic polls: Young candidates bet on change, reject status quo
Two of the youngest candidates in fray for the September 24 polls are here to effect a change. They have put their careers on hold in hopes of improving what matters the most to them—the city and the lives of its people.gurgaon Updated: Sep 21, 2017 21:32 IST
Two of the youngest candidates in fray for the September 24 polls are here to effect a change. Fresh out of college, these Gurgaon locals who have suffered civic inadequacies for years. They have put their careers on hold in hopes of improving what matters the most to them—the city and the lives of its people.
Unlike other independents whom political parties have chosen to back, these two are going it alone.
There are 202 candidates in the fray, of these 78 are women.
At 23, Tanisha Mahlawat is the youngest candidate in the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). Though green, she’s not entirely new to politics. While pursuing her undergraduate programme in the US, Mahlawat helped the mayor of West Chester campaign for a second term, and successfully so.
Unfazed by her age, Mahlawat said she’s here to “channelize my anger and make a difference rather than complaining” about the lack of basic civic facilities.
“Upon returning after completing my undergraduate studies from the US, the civic deficiencies in Gurgaon became even more glaring. Basic civic facilities were missing and our ability to accept the existing provisions infuriated me. I took the decision of stepping into politics,” said Mahlawat, who is contesting the MCG elections as an independent candidate from ward 33.
She added that she wants to efficiently distribute expenditure as a councillor on development projects instead of the fund ‘being deposited into pockets’.
Her peer from ward 3 is a 24-year-old civil engineer, Harsh Jain.
A resident of Palam Vihar, Jain is the second youngest candidate in the elections and is raring to take a shot at eradicating corruption and social evils that have “plagued his ward for a long time”.
“I have completed my schooling from here (Gurgaon) and I am keenly aware of the issues that plague my ward. Aside from corruption, high rate of drug abuse among youth and lack of functioning street lights are my bigger concerns,” said Jain whose uncle is contesting for a second time from ward 18.
“If I get elected, I want to address these issues on priority and divert my attention towards other development projects,” Harsh said.