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Patel Nagar

The Patel Nagar assembly constituency is a traditional stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party. But in the last elections in 1998, the Congress was able to break through the BJP bastion and Ramakant Goswami rode the Congress wave to victory.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 13:53 IST

The Patel Nagar assembly constituency is a traditional stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party. But in the last elections in 1998, the Congress was able to break through the BJP bastion and Ramakant Goswami rode the Congress wave to victory.

Goswami had defeated BJP stalwart Mewa Ram Arya then. This time, however, the BJP has chosen to field former corporator Mahesh Chaddha.

Goswami is confident of repeating his victory on the basis of the development works he’s had carried out. These include boring seven tubewells in West Patel Nagar to augment water supply, installation of a water reservoir with a storage capacity of 40 lakh litres, encouraging 'bhagidari' by forming 140 welfare associations, park beautification and improved streetlighting. Patel Nagar now has a 100-bedded colony hospital and a dispensary where none was available in the entire Karol Bagh zone earlier. "The only development work before my time was by former Deputy Mayor late Balraj Khanna of the BJP,” says Goswami.

Goswami is upbeat that the two candidates Vijay Singh and Dalbinder Singh Ayur who had together polled 12,000 votes in the last elections, aren’t contesting now. In fact Vijay Singh is canvassing for Goswami for having ensured water supply to every house in Baba Faridpuri. Voters are also happy that he reigned in the builder mafia.

BJP candidate Mahesh Chaddha on the other hand accuses Goswami of claiming credit for projects he initiated. Chaddha has the advantage of belonging to the Khukhrain Khatri community (12,785 votes in Patel Nagar) but mass scale unauthorised construction which took place during his tenure goes against him as it worsened congestion and further strained civic amenities.

The Patel Nagar constituency has 1.08 lakh votes of whom 72,000 are from the Punjabi community. The rest of the votes are divided among Sikhs, Muslims, a few Christians and Biharis. BJP stalwarts Kidar Nath Sahni, Vijay Kumar Malhotra became chief executive councillors after they were elected from Patel Nagar.

First Published: Nov 28, 2003 13:53 IST