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MCG elections: Youth in focus as 29 under-30 vie for victory

Majority of the civic poll nominees are in the age group of 41-45

gurgaon Updated: Sep 23, 2017 22:51 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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While 34 candidates are in the age of 35, a total of 39 nominees are in the age group of 40.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A host of fresh faces are in fray for the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections, with as many as 29 of the total 202 candidates under the age of 30 and another three below 25.

While 34 candidates are in the age of 35, a total of 39 nominees are in the age group of 40.

The majority of the candidates are in the age group of 41-45 and a total of 19 are between 46 and 50 years of age.

With a significant number of young candidates in fray for the September 24 elections, it’s likely that the new civic board will feature young councillors. While the first time and young candidates are busy wooing the city’s youth, the older candidates are of opinion that they are better equipped to serve people across all age groups, as they have a holistic approach to issues that residents have been grappling with.

“Age is just a number. I believe I have what it takes to understand the people, their needs and the issues they are faced with. Understanding their problems is often an enabling factor for a candidate in relating to people. I believe experienced candidates are in a better position to deal with issues affecting the people than first-time candidates. Old-timers are better placed to deal with issues pertaining to roads, water, electricity and health care,” Savita Yadav, a 50-year-old candidate, said.

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Puja, a 23-year-old nominee, said, “I believe more young people should join politics and contest elections. Change is only possible when the youth takes a stand and is involved in the process of development. The MCG election is a big opportunity for us to make a differences.”

Only four candidates in the MCG polls are over 61 years of age. The MCG had formed 35 wards on the basis of a local survey in 2011, which pegged the population at 11.53 lakh. However, the numbers of wards were reduced from 35 to 32 in March on the basis of a population census, which recorded the city’s population at 9.9 lakh.

First Published: Sep 23, 2017 22:51 IST