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MCG polls: Eight women candidate in the race for mayor’s seat

As many 78 women are in the fray for this year’s MCG elections

gurgaon Updated: Sep 19, 2017 23:01 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
MCG polls,Gurgaon news,BJP
A girl walks past hoardings of MCG poll candidates on Tuesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A total of eight women, belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) category and in fray for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections, are eyeing the mayor’s post.

The Haryana government has reserved the post of MCG mayor for a woman candidate belonging to the Scheduled Caste.

The two wards, which are reserved exclusively for women Scheduled Caste candidates, are wards 1 and 7. A total of four candidates are contesting each ward. It is highly likely that Gurgaon will get its new mayor from among these eight women candidates.

The four candidates who are contesting ward number 1 are Neelam Kumari (Indian National Lok Dal ), Rekha (independent), Mukesh (BJP) and Mithlesh (independent).

The candidates contesting ward number 7 include Saroj (independent), Suman (independent), Madhu Azad (BJP) and Sunita Rani (independent).

The women candidates stressed that they will work on improving security in the city if elected councillor.

“This is a big opportunity to serve people. I will be working to address women’s issues if I secure enough votes to win the ward where I’m in fray,” Neelam Kumari, said. She is contesting the polls for the first time and has studied till class 8.

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Mukesh, another contestant from ward number 1, said, “I have been working for the people for many years now. I was elected sarpanch of Choma in the year 2000. I understand the prevailing political scenario and also have a road map ready to take my ward forward. We will work to provide better infrastructure to the city.”

Mukesh quit studies after appearing for her class 10 boards.

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 number 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 19, 2017 23:00 IST