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Gurgaon civic polls: Candidates debate issues on common platform, assure development

The candidates were participating in an open debate arranged by the DLF residents at the DLF Phase 2 community centre on Wednesday; the area falls in ward 34 from where seven candidates are contesting.

gurgaon Updated: Sep 21, 2017 21:36 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
MCG Election,DLF,Gurgaon
Candidates Ramesh Yadav, Jagmohan, Zile Singh and RS Rathee, independent candidate and spouse of outgoing councillor Rama Rathee, presented their views before the residents.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

In a break from tradition of debates in favour or against contesting candidates, four out of seven hopefulls fighting the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) election from Ward 34 used the platform to discuss civic issues and prove their candidacy.

The candidates were participating in an open debate arranged by the DLF residents at the DLF Phase 2 community centre on Wednesday; the area falls in ward 34 from where seven candidates are contesting.

Candidates Ramesh Yadav, Jagmohan, Zile Singh and RS Rathee, independent candidate and spouse of outgoing councillor Rama Rathee, presented their views before the residents. Other three candidates did not participate.

Though home to some of the most affluent areas of the city such as DLF phases 1 and 2, sectors 42, 27, 29 and Essel Towers, ward 34 also battles inadequacies in civic infrastructure.

DLF phases 1 and 2 are in the process of being transferred to the MCG for civic maintenance.

“I have been doing social service for years. The area and its problems are known to me. I believe residents are the best judges of who they want (as a councillor),” said Jagmohan, an independent candidate.

The debate lasted for two hours with residents exchanging heated arguments with candidates. The residents wanted a suitable candidate who knew the area well and represent ward 34 strongly in the MCG House.

Deepak Gupta, a resident, said, “In their campaign, every candidate promises development, but they forget everything after the election for next five years. We want a candidate who not only lives with us but also knows our problems, and goes all out to address them after he gets elected.”

RS Rathee, whose wife RR Rathee won election in 2011, said, “I have been working for the city for 20 years and there is a long list of works I have done. For transfer of private localities to MCG to deficient infrastructures, security issues to encroachments, there are so many issues we have taken up and solved.”

Appreciative of the open debate culture, independent candidate Ramesh Yadav said, “There are several issues like encroachment of road space and green belts by hawkers, vendors and by auto drivers, security, waste disposal that I want to improve and include in my agenda.”

Making his agenda clear in a line, candidate Zile Singh said, “I only aim to work and not get involved with petty issues. I have worked hard for this ward and I believe the residents will choose wisely.”

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 21:36 IST